The shiniest new trend for 2013

Kate Bosworth is all a-shimmer.

Kate Bosworth is all a-shimmer. Photo: Getty images

That oil spill look is in. With every designer and his/her dog staging a holographic fashion show, it looks like the trend has finally trickled over into the collections, from holographic sling-backs and clutches at Stella McCartney to holographic leggings at Hussein Chalayan.

At recent fashion weeks, Olivier Theysekens from Theyskens Theory treated cropped leather pants with a stripe of holographic film, Christopher Bailey created a hypnotizing display at Burberry, dressing models in metallic button-ups that caught the light and shone a rainbow-like sheen down the runway, Alexander Wang turned off the lights to bring out the fabric’s special effect, while we love the way Jonathan Saunders interpreted the trend, pairing gorgeously glossy pencil skirts with nude knits and burgundy lips.

The look has since been picked up by a handful of stylish celebs. Kate Moss was spotted with a hologram bag while shopping in Paris, and who could forget that strapless Stella McCartney dress Kate Bosworth wore when she was in Australia, perfectly paired with a Proenza Schouler gold clutch and Giuseppe Zanotti glitter sandals?

Burberry models shine on like a crazy diamonds.

Burberry models shine on like a crazy diamonds.

With still fond memories of holographic contact paper, stickers, lip gloss, and Pokémon cards, we were quick to embrace this grown-up take on the trend. While holographic cocktail dresses, like those seen at Manish Aura, may be a little too sci-fi for our everyday wardrobes, there’s ways to rock the look without looking like a disco-bound space cadet. Mariah Carey’s holographic nail lacquers for O.P.I. are one safe option, as are these holographic, pastel leather heels by Christian Dior. While brands such as Stella McCartney and Simone Rocha have really spearheaded the trend, high-street stores such as ASOS and Topshop are also stocking a shimmy of holographic accessories, pretty and iridescent like the shell of a Christmas beetle.


Here are our favourite holographic items, all of which are surprisingly wearable. And who wouldn’t want to try it? Sporting holographics is the closest we’ll ever come to draping ourselves in glitter and rainbows.

Shop the look

ASOS Premium Biker Jacket

Nasty Gal Hologram Crystal Necklace

Proenza Schouler Card Holder

Proenza Shouler Heeled Sandal

Wittner Heels

Antipodium Jumper

Stella McCartney Leather Pumps

Topshop Nail Art Set

Eddie Borgo Ring

Mary Katrantzou Skirt

Forever 21 Sandals 

Hologram Cat Glasses