Trend Report: Studio 54 is back in fashion

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By Holly E. Thomas
Sunday, October 31, 2010

In the 1970s and early '80s, Studio 54 was the epicenter of designer decadence, its dance floor swirling with slinky satin. This fall's collections nodded to those last days of disco, with such designers as Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta producing gleaming, floor-skimming, gowns. Local boutiques are joining in the high-fashion homage, stocking shelves with glittering knits and party-ready bags and baubles.


Sequins and velvet and tassels, oh, my! An eye-catching bag -- such as this zebra sequin clutch -- gives a budget-friendly boost to an otherwise understated ensemble. $45 at Accessorize stores (Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, 202-842-5457; Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, 1100 S. Hayes St., Arlington, 703-413-7048; Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, 703-734-0051).


A sculptural form and shagreen-esque texture make Boutique 9's Alfa pump anything but ordinary. $130 at


Oversize but not over-the-top, Robert Rose's cluster ring is a trendy take on the traditional cocktail ring. $28 at area South Moon Under stores and


Add easy glamour with metallic fabrics in unexpected silhouettes. Pair this pleated lamé-knit top by Halston Heritage with slim black pants for the holiday-party circuit. The Bond St. jacquard sculpted dress by Tibi is a striking alternative to the standard-issue sheath. Dress, $380 at Julia Farr (5232 44th St. NW, 202-364-3277); top, $295 at Wink (3109 M St. NW, 202-338-9465).

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