OTT – the unspoken dress-code rule for festive party wear.

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Style Magazine’s November front cover features a sequin-on-sequin Halpern look. Utterly eye-catching, I was eager to find out the designer of such a glittery garment.

Michael Halpern’s designs also caught the attention of Donatella Versace, who employed him after seeing his MA graduate collection at London Fashion Week in 2016 from Central St Martins. Versace told T magazine, “His sense of colour is brilliant; his craftsmanship is incredible.” Halpern continues to work on his own label, creating Beyoncé approved glitter galore.

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Before moving to London for further study at CSM, Halpern studied on his home turf in New York at Parsons School of Design in 2010. After which he pursued work with J. Mendel and Oscar de la Renta.

Verscace, Oscar de la Renta and J. Mendel – it’s no surprise Halpern’s designs are all about glamour and glitz couture. But what’s different about Halpern is that he manages a head-to-toe sequin outfit with clever craft, so you won’t look like a Christmas tree ornament.

Designers source their inspiration from anything and everything, and what I really love about Halpern is that he was inspired by his mother’s stories of partying at the infamous Studio 54 in New York, “My mother used to be at Studio 54 wearing sequins”.

Prepare to be dazzled this party season.

Jemima Xx

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