The Spring Summer 13 catwalks positively shimmered with metallic hues: bronze, gold and silver fused with fiery reds, sapphire blues, deep purples and emerald greens. Opalescent fabrics from leather to lace and jewel coloured sequins delivered high octane glamour. As seen on the catwalk at Burberry, Christian Dior and John Paul Gaultier, metallic and slick finishes splashed the catwalk this season. Think futuristic, holographic and dazzling...
High shine metallic dominated the best dressed list at this year’s Oscars giving credibility to the catwalk trend. Highlights being Naomi Watts in Armani Prive, Halle Berry in Versace and Stacey Keibler in Naeem Khan all embracing exquisite high sheen floor sweeping gowns.
What I found interesting about this trend was that it was presented in two stories; day and night. Sequins, studs and shine are no longer constricted to only night time and a youthful attitude towards silhouette gave a fresh approach to high shine. Sparkling embellishments and metallic sheens destined for daytime rebellion led the trend at Burberry and Jonathan Saunders.
Jonathan Saunder’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection embodied a feeling of ‘disco and shine’, thoughtfully referencing the glamorous late seventies with a sexy, strong and bold vibe. Spangly colour blocked sequins in daywear separates and evening dresses that were designed for dancing could have easily been seen swishing and swaying at Studio 54.
Colour and print being the foundations of which the label was built upon, the graphic metallic foiled stripes featuring as horizontal, vertical and diagonal were true to the strong Saunder’s signature and he cleverly balanced the glitz with solid, flat colour pieces.
A slim, sleek look featuring a nude top tucked into a silver metallic skirt, left us dazzled as it twinkled in the light. An iridescent silver bomber jacket that soon followed, worn over a crisp white dress, had an accessible, wearable feel, so did the easy separates that followed simply accessorised by the slick of dark plum gloss glistening on the models lips .
Christopher Bailey's SS13 collection and modern yet elegant vision for Burberry Prorsum is always a considered balance of the brands rich heritage and its bright future, he channelled British glamour reminiscent of the 1940′s, and admirably did so with a futuristic twist.
‘Corsets and Capes’ was the theme of the day in a strong collection that included signature pencil skirts, tight body-con dresses and lady-like corsets, the show opened and ended with knee length capes that gently rested on the models shoulders, whilst smaller cape-lets were seen throughout.The stunning finale saw an iridescent parade of metallic leather and silk trenches in rainbow foil shades of fuchsia, raspberry, maroon and gold, green and cerulean.
Wear it well: my must-haves
Take direction from Cara Delevingne and lend a youthful approach to Spring Summer’s sparkle.
Style metallic leather skirts with a slogan sweat or cropped knit, giving an instant effortlessly cool vibe. Look no further than Aldo for the perfect shoe to complete your look.