Light-reflecting fabrics infused with metallic threads or shimmering paillettes - what better way to stand out at after-five events? The night sky provides a great backdrop to high-octane, high-shine fabrics.

Then again, with fashion's penchant for high-low mixing, special fabrics can be worn during the day, pared-back with your favourite knit for an inspired take on trans-seasonal dressing. Several designers have explored gleaming fabrics such as Lurex, jacquards and brocades, the latter's intricate pattern also recognising the current obsession with classical motifs.

What's more, there are plenty of subtle accessories to dip your toes into, from the iridescent jewellery options by Jean Paul Gaultier for Swarovski to the metallic ankle boots at Runway by McQ Alexander McQueen.

State of Grace skirt $219. Penny Sage 100 per cent merino skivvy $419. Levante tights, $19, from Smith & Caughey's.


Eugenie sequin skivvy $325. Liann Bellis pants $339. Swarovski x Jean Paul Gaultier neckpiece $999.

Andrea Moore coat $275. Ruby skirt $269. Swarovski earrings $249. Mi Piaci boots $280.

Karen Walker leather pants $1200. Eugenie silk shirt $395. Ruby Blazer $199. Mi Piaci ankle boots $220.

Gregory roll-neck cashmere jumper $272. Sequin pencil skirt, $179, from The Mercantile. Levante tights, $19, from Smith & Caughey's.