Designers have made gold standard for dressing-up this winter, injecting threads of gold through silk or silk-like fabrics in some collections, using liquid, gold-like fabric in others.

The gold rush started more than a year ago, first with Fiorucci's gold shopping bag, then the gold-striped sandals often worn with skin-tight jeans by customers of that same New York boutique. For summer there were even gold threads among the bathing suits and for fall, sweaters shine with the glint of gold.

The evening clothes are an apparent shift from the casual tweed, tartans and challises for daywear. Unlike the past couple of years, when evening clothes were an extension of what was worn during the day, the new evening clothes are a league apart and are meant for evening only.

Stephen Burrows uses a fabric that looks like liquid gold as a top for a chiffon skirted dress (on page B1).

Halston's one-shoulder evening jumpsuit is gold lame, far left.

Mollie Parnis mixes gold and navy sequins in a scalloped lace dress for fall, right.

Bill Blass brightens glen plaid with a heavy dose of gold for an evening costume with matching coat, left.

Oscar de la Renta pairs a gold lame blouson with black velvet knickers and finishes the look with black stockings and gold sandals far right.