One small step for fashion, one giant leap for fashion kind.
Metallics have landed and they’re not planning to take off anytime soon, so dig out those moon boots because fashion has just got spacey.
In 1969 man landed on the moon, and fashion was already one step ahead by introducing space age to the runways earlier in the decade. Andre Courreges and his ‘Moon Girl’ collection showcasing ‘lunar whites’, clean-cut tailoring and styles that women hadn’t dared to try before took fashion into the future.
And now, it seems, we want to reminisce and give space age style a revamp. No longer are we restricted to wearing stiff metallic fabrics, and so, the new space age style represents a step forward in fashion that we are able to make due to advances in technology. Creativity can flow because of fewer limitations, and designers can make their ideas become reality, which they have done in their latest shows.
Metallics have been on the catwalks for a few seasons, and they’re not going anywhere this winter. Diane von Furstenberg took home the gold, showing jaw-dropping 70s inspired playsuits and countless wrap dresses – we would expect nothing less – in glimmering golds for the celebration of 40 years of her label.
Other top designers were also on point with metallic shine. Paco Rabanne went for sports luxe, teaming asymmetric silver midi skirts with bomber jackets, while Isabel Marant went to war with military inspired camo greens and Dries Van Noten opted for printed bronze stripes.
The Oscars were teeming with shining celebs too: Angelina Jolie dripping in gold by Elie Saab, Cate Blanchet putting sheer and metallic together to create a whimsical fairy-like effect in Armani Privé and Emma Watson channelling a heavy metal vibe in black Vera Wang.
Although metallics can be seen as something to wear on an evening, the beauty is that it isn’t the case; fashion is beyond telling people what is acceptable to wear at what time. And there is nothing wrong with dressing up a little in the day time. Style maven Alexa Chung has been spotted in a black and gold stripe midi paired with a chunky knit jumper and if she can do it, anyone can. And a bonus? Forever 21 are stocking hot pants in the same black and gold stripes.
After all, it’s never too early to start stocking up for the next season. Silver collared leather jackets are appearing at River Island, for red carpet glamour Topshop is the go-to place and Zara are on the accessories front with silver strappy stilettos.
Whatever your style, designers have shown the versatility of new metallics and their presence in our lives doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon so we may as well buckle ourselves in and enjoy the ride.