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The Trend Edit: Metallics

Posted on 23 March 2017


As temperatures continue to creep skyward it’s time to start considering new-season styles, and what will be in trend when the autumn/winter months come back around. 

Metallics is set to be a strong trend from this season and beyond and it’s no surprise, with the shimmering tones of gold, silver and bronze conjuring images of luxe fabrics and iridescent jewels.

Ginger Rogers

Our love of metallics is by no means a recent infatuation. Lamé was used for many of the evening gowns in the 1930’s, creating a shimmering Old Hollywood Glamour style.

'The Paper Dress' - Life Magazine November 25, 1966

Metallics were even incorporated in the fleeting “paper dress” trend of the mid-sixties. Designer Gene Neil used paper from a party decoration store to create this stunning silver party dress seen in Life Magazine November 25, 1966.

Saint Laurent SS17

Metallics have been everywhere this season and are showing no sign of slowing down as the trend reports for AW17 come in. The Saint Laurent SS17 collection saw gold lame, 80s inspired dresses, with exaggerated shoulders and unfinished hems strut down the minimalist runway.

Christopher Kane

The Christopher Kane show at the Tate Britain saw metallics in every imagining. From mermaid inspired, aquamarine sweater-dresses in body conscious styles to rock and roll accessories and controversially, metallic crocs.


J.W Anderson’s AW17 Collection featured an incredible take on party wear. Their red floral dress with feather skirt and metallic chainmail cape was eclectic, eye-catching and fashion-forward.

Giovanna Battaglia at Stella McCartney AW13

If you’re keeping your metallic pieces for night time or the holiday season it’s time to start giving them a seasonal flourish. Splashes of gold and silver on lustrous jacquard fabrics are a modern way to throw daywear a little off balance, and provide a point of interest to your style.

Kendall Jenner

Swap your classic black or tan ankle boots for a space-age metallic pair. They can be found in every shade from rose gold to gun metal. Wear now with fitted trousers, a white shirt and androgynous overcoat. When temperatures start to soar they’ll add an expected edge to your classic summer dresses.

Amanda Seyfried - New York City

A metallic skirt is the ultimate statement piece. Whether dressed up with heels and clutch bag, or dressed down with casual basics like a roll neck jumper or simple t-shirt.

If minimalism is more your thing, simple accents like gold hardware on your handbag or oversized buckles on everything from coats to dresses give subtle nod the trend.

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