Up until now, there have only been three major hologram moments in our lives--the cartoon Jem, Alexander McQueen's F/W 06 show featuring a Kate Moss hologram, and Tupac's "appearance" at Coachella this year--but suddenly, we can't get enough of them. The reason for our sudden obsession is simple: we're seeing the iridescent, rainbow-like sheen on everything from puffy outerwear to chic party clutches right now, and simply love the look. This resurgence of holograms is in perfect keeping with the season's sci-fi trend, as the kaleidoscope of colors change with every move and lend a hypnotizing, futuristic look to your daily ensembles. These items are a simple and surefire way to give your wardrobe a fashion-forward spin, so check out our favorite prismatic pieces in today's Look We Love.
On the Runway
Though the use of holograms is more prominent in Resort 13 collections--more on that in a moment--we first took notice of the trend at Marc Jacobs' eccentric F/W 12 show. As if the collection's exaggerated silhouettes, oversized paisley prints, and large furry hats weren't awe-inspiring enough, the designer adorned his dresses, including the Green Shetland Wool and Faux Fur Dress ($3200, 212.343.1490), with hologram appliques, adding even more visual intrigue to his overall looks. Skipping ahead to Resort, at Marios Schwab, iridescent sequins embellished on the Double Layer Chiffon Pencil Skirt ($1557) translated into pixelated patterns with an almost liquid-like appearance.
A handful of stylish celebs are embracing holograms too. We spotted Kate Moss carrying a hologram bag from Stella McCartney's Resort 13 collection while shopping in Paris last month. The lustrous carrier is a knockout addition to her chic all-noir look. Opting for a touch more sheen, German actress Eva Padberg turned up at the 2012 GQ Men of the Year awards in Berlin a few weeks ago wearing a teal dress with a hologram belt and strap. And finally, no hologram story is complete without mentioning the look Kate Bosworth wore to celebrate her new role as SK-II ambassador in Australia early last month. The actress quite literally shined in a Stella McCartney sequined dress from the S/S 13 collection paired with a Proenza Schouler gold metallic clutch and Giuseppe Zanotti glitter sandals. We love how the busy sequins are perfectly balanced by the frock's sleek column shape.
Whether you enjoy a bold or subtle take on the hologram look, we've got plenty of options for you to try this season. On the clothing front, one of our favorite pieces is Topshop's Puffer Coat ($180, available mid November). Be a standout on the ski slopes or style it with a sleek LBD; either way, we can promise you'll love this piece all winter long. Our more daring readers will surely appreciate Hussein Chalayan's Holographic Leggings ($965), especially since they offer double duty in the trend department, hitting on the season's metallic look too. We've also got our eye on Mulberry's adorable Navy T-Shirt with Monster Hologram ($233), a weekend-ready pick that pairs perfectly with cuffed jeans and boyish oxfords.
If you'd prefer to go the accessories route, make sure to put these next items on your must-have list. For those of you dying to snag Kate Moss' covetable clutch, but can't bear the wait, Stella McCartney's Olegram Hologram Square Clutch ($590) is a similar style that is available now. Your best bet for footwear is definitely Proenza Schouler's High Heel Ankle Strap Sandals ($695); though the hologram finish offers a playful touch, the minimal design keeps them feeling chic. There are a few jewelry items we'd like to mention too, like KG Kurt Geiger's Joey Glass Necklace ($80), which has holiday soiree written all over it, and Eddie Borgo's Eden Cuff ($1125, available late November), an investment piece that will draw attention to your stylish sensibilities. To up your outfit's cool factor, be sure to grab Westward Leaning's N°9.6 Color Revolution Sunglasses ($165). The mirrored shades feature ultra-reflective, neon-coated lenses, plus when you buy a pair, the brand donates $10 to the Reporters Without Borders charity, so it's a purchase you can feel good about.
Perhaps the easiest way to address the hologram look is with Layla's Hologram Effect Nail Polish ($16). With just a few coats, the glittery lacquer creates a rainbow sheen that changes color depending on how the light hits it. Available in 14 hologram effect shades, be sure to check them all out today.--Jessica Baker