MAD ABOUT HUE: METALLICS
Sure, metallic fabrics aren’t the most cutting-edge materials in development today (for that you can look to artists like Ying Gao, who creates textiles that react to sound) but it wasn’t so long ago that gold or silver in dress represented the very height of futurism. Weren’t we all going to be wearing silver spacesuits in our flying cars? Gold one-pieces as we keyed in our orders from the dinner-in-a-pill vending machine? Aluminum miniskirts at the space disco?
Well, it’s 2014 and while we’re not exactly zipping around from planet to planet in our personal spacemobiles or letting robots clean our kitchens (roomba doesn’t count) one thing’s for sure: metallics are definitely in our fashion future. We saw them on the Fall/Winter runways at Diane von Furstenberg and DKNY, and come Spring the trend’s not going anywhere, if shows from Jean Paul Gaultier and Rick Owens are any indication (and they are).
The beauty of metallics is how easy they are to incorporate into every look. From date night to day trading there’s nowhere metallics can’t go. Think of combos like winter whites and golds, or pewter with black or grey or both. Want to enliven the pastels-du-jour? A metallic sheen takes that look to the next. And remember: a little goes a long way. So while an all-over look might send you into Barbarella territory, a metallic bag or boot alone will inject your look with the right amount of glam in the right here and right now.