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Shop The Trend: New Opulence

03/08/2011 17:39 | Updated 22 May 2015

While the tendency towards minimal impact looks like it's here to stay, those hoping for a more dramatic dress code for winter needn't despair. From Balmain's disco-ready sequinned mini-dresses to McQueen's lush baroque prints, this season heralded in an era of New Opulence.

Gold is the colour of choice from outerwear to accessories (metallic hues also work), while textured fabrics are key: jacquards, brocades, sequins, spangles and even glitter are all a great way to pay homage to the trend. The more embellished, the better - just keep the rest of the look simple (dangling earrings, a sparkling dress and glitzy shoes will be more blinding than blinging).

The best part about these opulent looks is that they're perfect for the holiday party season, whether you want to add a touch of shine to an LBD with a gilded accessory or make a statement in an embellished jacket or dress.

Check out our shopping guide below to see some of our favourite pieces.

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Shop the Trend: New Opulence

For a new take on gold, try a brocade foil print. This strapless, prom-style dress is playful and smart at once. Elizabeth Rose dress, £95, French Connection

Shop the Trend: New Opulence

Glam up a simple cardigan for evening - all you need is a metallic hue and a bit of sparkle. Sequinned tulle cardigan, £85, J. Crew at Net-a-Porter

Shop the Trend: New Opulence

Let your feet shine with a glitzy pair of party shoes. This gold glitter pair from Kurt Geiger provide the perfect finish to any frock. Jasmine courts, £100, KG by Kurt Geiger

Shop the Trend: New Opulence

If you're looking for an investment piece, a blazer is a good bet and will last for years. This brocade version works for day or night and is a must with a pair of skinny trousers. Jacquard blazer, £2,351, Balmain at My Theresa

Shop the Trend: New Opulence

A feminine skirt, like this M&S version with tiers and ruffles, is gilded but not gaudy and an easy way to work the trend into your everyday wardrobe. Limited Collection tiered mini skirt, £32, Marks and Spencer

Shop the Trend: New Opulence

This cheeky trompe-d'oeil scarf adds the finishing touch to any rocker chick's outfit. Gold sequin print scarf, £160, Givenchy at Liberty

Shop the Trend: New Opulence

Embrace new opulence with a full-length, gilded maxi-dress covered in sequins - a great choice for those holiday parties.

Gold sequin maxi dress, £150, Dorothy Perkins

Shop the Trend: New Opulence

If you're not keen on looking interiors-inspired with jacquard clothing, go for an exquisite accessory instead, like this boldly printed McQueen clutch bag. Quilted Angel de Manta clutch, £395,

Shop the Trend: New Opulence

Gold isn't just for special occasions. Work new opulence into your weekend wardrobe with a pair of motocross-style treggings. Gold and black treggings, £29.99, River Island

Shop the Trend: New Opulence

Designers devoted plenty of catwalk time to the classic white button-down for SS11. Get a head start on one of next season's biggest trends with this embellished version from Dries Van Noten. Sequin sleeve shirt, £485, Dries Van Noten at Harvey Nichols

Shop the Trend: New Opulence

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