From sparkly ensembles to bell sleeves, bold hues and shapes rule the streets

The festive new year always calls for a wave of sparkly ensembles.
The festive new year always calls for a wave of sparkly ensembles.PHOTOS: LACOSTE, MOSCHINO, COCKTAIL RING

This article first appeared in Harper's Bazaar Singapore, the leading fashion glossy on the best of style, beauty, design, travel and the arts. Go to www.harpersbazaar.com.sg and follow @harpersbazaarsg on Instagram; harpersbazaar singapore on Facebook. The January 2021 issue is out on newsstands now.

The latest trends are inspired by nature in its most elemental forms

Think pink


PHOTO: MOSCHINO

Add a dose of disco to even your most casual looks with a sweet yet sassy metallic bag. Keep it petite but big enough for your daily essentials, with a gilded chain strap for extra edge. This is an instant mood-lifter no matter the weather.

Blinding light


PHOTO: LACOSTE

The festive new year always calls for a wave of sparkly ensembles. Shy of glitter or sequins? Try metallics instead. Go for the full-on shine of a voluminous one-tone jacket or a multi-hue pantsuit, the subtle sheen of a skirt, or a hint of reflection from a pair of boots - you decide the sparkle effect.

Natural drama


PHOTO: CHANEL

The grown-up sister to girlish puff sleeves, bell sleeves offer volume at the forearm rather than the shoulders for just as flattering a silhouette. Plus, they add a hint of Victorian drama to any get-up instantly.

Purple rain


PHOTO: HUISHAN ZHANG

Whether as a darling pastel or a vivid violet, purple is the colour of the moment. It's a bolder, and some would say more fashionable, alternative to pink. Add pops of the hue in the form of an everyday bag and court pumps, or go all out with a fully sequinned number in a single loud colour .

A hint of tint


PHOTO: KARENT WAZEN

What started as yellow-tinted lenses made for medical needs has since expanded into a spectrum of rainbow hues. From icy blue to blazing orange, tinted lenses are just the punch you need to make a style statement.

Plush and lush


PHOTO: KENZO

Velvet pieces are no longer reserved for after dark moments. Let them shine in daylight by throwing a plush blazer over corporate wear or add visual interest with a pair of 'gram-worthy heels for an elevated twist. Then end the day with a lavish pyjamas set to complete the luxuriously indulgent experience.

Liquid shine


PHOTO: CAROLINA HERRERA

Patent leather is reliving its '80s glory days with a vengeance. Throw on a vinyl-esque coat for some oomph, slip into a slick jumpsuit for a fuss-free get-up, or opt for a glossy accessory for a sleek finish to your look. Nothing gives you polish and attitude quite like gleaming leather.

Go with the flow


PHOTO: VALENTINO

The unassuming house dress has been given a facelift, thanks to designers who have elevated the comfortable, fuss-free frock. Valentino went with a silk version while Balenciaga presented a floral number paired with neon boots. Dress it up or down, wear it indoors or out-we guarantee you'll look and feel your best.

Cosmic wonder


PHOTO: INTERSTELLAIRE

What better way to align yourself with the stars than with jewellery inspired by the cosmos? With bold shapes, powerful lines and a trove of coloured gems, Louis Vuitton's Stellar Times offers statement pieces that go just as well with tees and jeans as they do a gown fit for the red carpet.

Earth and fire


PHOTO: COCKTAIL RING

Show off your passionate side with gems that take their fiery colour cues from molten lava. The Mauna range from Cartier's Magnitude collection marries a treasure chest of precious stones with geometric forms for a timeless portrayal of modern exuberance.

Save the day


PHOTO: BALMAIN

A cape has the power to make you feel invincible. Put a spin on the superhero staple by donning a cape-blazer hybrid or a one-shoulder cape-top fashioned from a silky shawl. Effortlessly chic, it instantly pulls together a look, with the draped effect adding a cool factor to a classic ensemble.

On high ground


PHOTO: COMME-DES-GARCONS

After back-to-back seasons of flats, platforms are finally making a comeback-from classic sandals to modernised sneakers and traditional slippers. Take your pick and stand tall.