As the search for that New Year’s Eve outfit begins, the fashionable are looking back to the 1970s. This party season, disco is the reference – with glitter, sequins and shine dominating trends. According to global fashion search platform Lyst, the use of sequins as a keyword went up by 42% from June to November and the disco trend features prominently in January’s Vogue. With a new exhibition on Abba, Super Troupers, now open at the Southbank Centre, the inspiration for dancing queens has arrived.
Fashion’s love affair with disco-approved sequin is evident looking at the catwalk – in collections from influential brands ranging from Celine to Gucci and Saint Laurent. The name to know is 29-year-old New Yorker in London Michael Halpern. His label, Halpern, founded last year, could be credited with bringing disco back into fashion. His sequin gowns have a 70s feel – he has credited Studio 54 as an inspiration – and have been worn by Amal Clooney and Marion Cotillard. At the Fashion Awards earlier this month, he won the emerging talent award and dressed the model of the year, Adwoa Aboah. Aboah has become something of a poster girl for this look. She starred on the front of December’s Vogue, the first from new editor Edward Enninful, which came with a 70s feel. Her glossy lips, blue eyeshadow and turban paid tribute to disco-diva style.