Evenings lose stiff glitter


Sequins used to be seen in all the best places -- petticoated pouf dresses, ball gowns, tourniquet-tight stretch dresses posing on stools at chic hotel bars.

But these days, sequins do most of their gleaming on oversized sweat shirts in malls. Andfashion is dressing down.

The emphasis is on simple shapes as bare of glitter as trees are of summer leaves.

Many pieces take their cues from tanks, tunics, jackets and pants. They are elevated to special-occasion status by the luster of silk charmeuse, silver-shot knit or cashmere and velvet.

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