So the idea of “metallics being on trend” may seem a little tired by now, but the cleverly incorporated ways it’s creeped into Spring 2012 has us seeing metallics with fresh eyes. The animalistic quality of glomming onto any eye catching shiny object is bound to arise when seeing all of the amazing ways that metallics have been added to Spring basics like light denims, saccharine pastels, and simple stark whites. When Spring gets too sweet, these metals know how to modernize a look.
If you haven’t been updated yet, the original Dorothy in the book wore silver slippers, not ruby red, and that’s precisely the look we’re aiming for. Silver shoes are a beautifully modern way to incorporate metallics into a Spring 2012 wardrobe, especially in a classic ladylike shape. While the idea is out of a fairytale, the look is right out of Tomorrowland. Merging space age and ladylike glamour never looked so good.
Inspired by 3.1 Phillip Lim
- The metallic shoe elevates a light, washed out denim shirt or jean.
- A mirrored belt gives a ladylike silhouette and incorporates a sliver of silver.
- Crisp, white outfits through blazers, trousers, or shorts would make for a glamorous menswear alternative.
Hardware is the new diamond. With Balenciaga-bold collar adornments and the it-piece of jewelry this season, Tisci gives Spring’s pale pinks an edge, literally. The lauded mirrored shark tooth pendant has us obsessed and looks amazing hanging over a monochromatic almost-white rose colored slick suit. The addition of these extreme accessories provides infinite inspiration for, basically, the easiest way to include metallics into a look.
Inspired by Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci
- A clean, pastel look in super pale colors works great with hardware inspired jewelry.
- Look for sleek, smooth pieces instead of distressed or textured metal accessories.
- Layer up a dangling pendant necklace with a choker that hides under the collar.
The regal, statuesque brocade prints that Christopher Kane showed for Spring 2012 perfected the Spring pastel and metal mix. On top of pale grayed out blues and soft minty greens, floral patterns glistened in a silver tinged metallic effect. Matching shoes, with a 90s slipper influence, also sparkled with holographic silver glitter shining throughout the fabric. The insect like folds, cutouts, and sculptural design of the dresses made for a futuristic and innovative take on a delicate silver princess.
Inspired by Christopher Kane
- Flat shoes in a matching shining metallic add an irreverent touch to the prim and proper look.
- The ghostly metallic floral updates classic Asian brocades in the form of easy to wear dresses.
- A trouser or suit would be an amazing way to incorporate a silver brocade.
Metallic outfits in silver and gold have long been part of the fashion scheme, but this season brings an new and extreme take on the look in holographic neon colors. Iridescent, shiny, and over the top, Theyskens’ Theory gives a traditional denim jean shape the most metallic of treatments. The foil-like pants are paired with normally bland Spring neutrals like a gray-beige and plain white.
Inspired by Theyskens’ Theory
- The club kid holographic shine gives excitement, while an eggshell outfit calms them down.
- High shine trousers work well with ladylike tweed jackets, structured office bags, and effortless loose button ups or t-shirts.
- Trousers are the most interesting way to incorporate holographic fabrics but this metallic works in dresses and skirts too.
By Iris & Daniel