Darren Kennedy: Precious metals
Strike fashion gold with pieces inspired by the catwalk.
Metallics are unavoidable this summer. The catwalks featured metallics in decidedly fresh ways: preppy molten gold, polished brass and shiny silver lamé finishes. The reflective properties of metal were played up across classic and not so classic wardrobe pieces, including jackets, jumpsuits, crop tops, pleated skirts and denims.
MM6 Maison Margiela, Louis Vuitton, Christopher Kane and Versus were among many of the labels to embrace the metallic effect. Many designers rifled through the archives to re-work iconic pieces and bring them up to date with luxurious metallic materials and detailing. Isabel Marant's collection featured a short red metallic dress for a touch of 1980s glamour, while refined separates in high intensity metal shades dominated at Louis Vuitton - including a lust-worthy electric blue cropped jacket (above).
At Versus Versace, a series of light-reflecting mini dresses featuring pleated silver lamé details ensured a high-voltage collection.
At the premiere of Netflix’s hit series ‘13 Reasons Why’, Selena Gomez rocked an iridescent bronze/orange-hued Oscar de la Renta dress. She complements the bell-shaped dress with drop earrings and eye shadow in a similar shade for a monochromatic look
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