Tuesday, 04 September 2012

2012 Metallic trending - the full glare

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Metallics are definitely around to stay this year. Catwalks from the likes of Anna Sui, Prada, Raoul to Dsquared2 have featured them and we have all seen leggings, tops and biker jackets in the shops but, how should we pull this reoccurring trend off this autumn?

There are so many notable examples of metallic trending to take influence from this year. Back in February, Blumarine showcased their take on the metallic trend by featuring this full on silver glare combo. Taking the silver theme further, they then toned down the shine by showcasing a number of white, textured, neon eye –adjusters' in various acidic shades finished perfectly by those amazing silver healed hi -tops. Full on metal or small statement metallic embellishments were definitely key dress codes set by Blumarine here.

Sass and Bide then showcased an interesting collection featuring core metallic pieces contrasted against more feminine detailing such as lace. This softer, feminine metallic look has been showcased perfectly by Gossip girl actress Blake lively. We have also seen stars like going for the full on glare such as Carey Mulligan wearing this amazing Prada number at the Met Ball earlier this year.

Metallics have been coming back and forth throughout the seventies, eighties and nineties .However, there is still a kind of caution that sweeps through me when I wonder how to put them together. That worry that too much might turn me into an eighties lurex throw back or, even worse, that black trouser- wearing person at work who puts on a 'sparkly number' once a year for the Christmas party. Should we go full metallic on or dampen the effect down? And, what do we wear to 'dampen down' the effect? And, no not the smart black trousers or skirt combo this year again. Okay, well black can definitely feature in your dressing again but not in that safe and sensible uniformed way of past Christmases. Instead, take your metallic inspiration from the grunge era and look back to Altzurras take on the Mark Jacobs nineties grunge inspired catwalk of 1990.

Altuzarra, New York fashion week 2011: Style.com Marc Jacobs New York fashion week 1992 Style.com

To me, this appears to be an obvious way forwards, given the amount of grunge inspired clothing available in the shops at the moment. So, wear your metallics loose- fit this year, combine slouch knits, denim, leather with a side order of rock and punk. Choose wools, block prints and textures to soften the undercurrent and tone down the glare of your metallics and look the full metal jacket this season.