TREND REPORT: METALLICS
Metallics really shown through on the spring runways for 2014 and they’re an excellent way to bring in the new year. From metal and palette accents to laser cut or embossed leather to reflective silk satins, there were infinite adaptations of the trend, and definitely something for everyone. The ubiquity of shine on the runways from New York to Paris was really remarkable, but designers stayed original by putting their own spin on the trend to keep it looking fresh. Metallics are not a new look, but the way they were shown this spring felt very modern and futuristic even. So many designers showed metallics not just for evening or special occasions, but for everyday and workwear, which is a cool new way to adopt the trend. Some went dramatic with head-to-toe metal looks, while others had touches of silver and gold in in trims or used an iridescent finish on fabrics. Some of the most beautiful interpretations were silky fabrics that had an extra bit of shine, which took a hard concept like metal and made it soft and luxurious.
Dolce and Gabbana really went for the Midas touch, with gold lace, gold coin accents, and a finale of models walking out in head-to-toe gold looks.
Altuzarra presented slinky, fluid metallics that looked like liquid mercury and were used in a modern way. There was some beautiful layering and metallics mixed with simple knits, for an easy transition from day to night
At Lanvin, there were luxe lames in an assortment of colors, piles of jewelry, and metallic accessories as well. The look was very opulent.
At Dries Van Noten, the trend had a subtle adaptation, as the designer used gold ruffles, brocade lace, gold leather layering, and silk satin finishes that had a metallic sheen. All the models were sent down the runway with a line of gold paint drawn down their part.
Antipodium featured sheer iridescent lame dresses in classic silhouettes and shocking new colors that had a futuristic feel and 90s raver appeal.
Wes Gordon presented layered casual looks with pops of silver palettes for a look that was understated yet dramatic.
At Reed Krakoff, luxurious steely satin finishes in new classic silhouettes made for a modern luxe look, an easily adaptable take on the trend.
With so many different ways to adopt this trend, it really offers something for everyone and thus has the ability to succeed in a competitive market. The way that designers are trying to redefine metallics in a practical context and not just for special occasions shows real growth potential. and modern innovation. Also, the fact that metallics are shown in tandem with changes in technology – metallic knit threads, lasercut metallic leather, and innovative new finishes really give it the potential to become a trend of the future that will grow and adapt with time, becoming a new classic and never truly going away.