Trending: Metallic at Fall 2012 NY Fashion Week

– By Teresa Greenfeld –

Our favorite metallic looks from NYFW, from left to right: Jenny Packham, Peter Som, Tibi. Marchesa, Reem Acra. Accessories, from top to bottom: Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti case and pump, Prabal Gurung shoes.

It seems as though almost every season metallics are touted as the next season’s big trend.  And while this is not without good reason, how many times can something be proclaimed as the next big trend? At least once more, if New York’s fall 2012 shows are any indication.

There was an apparent twist, however, to metallic’s long standing, trend-topping run: liquid metallics.  Fluid, almost molten-like metallics made their presence known, in the form of dresses and skirts, shoes and bags – and everything in between. From Marchesa’s gold draped number to Tibi’s green pencil skirt, fall was reminiscent of a time where lamé reigned supreme. Now, I know the thought of ‘lamé’  typically causes a shudder and/or borderline violent reaction, but perhaps that’s because we only recall the bad, the worse, and the very hideous.   For fall, there is only the good, the better, and the absolutely stunning.  Done in everything from leather to silk, there is a liquid metallic out there for everyone and every occasion.

Interpreting what is sent down the runway into something that works for everyday life can be tricky.  It really depends on ones own personality and style.  For some, a liquid metallic shoe or bag is just right, whereas others can pull off a silk lamé pant (which looks amazingly chic paired with a basic – a simple tank or a light cashmere sweater).   I do, however, discourage a head to toe look, the exception being evening wear – and even then, accessories should be kept fairly simple.
The verdict: we’re on board with the new metallic .  It is, after all, one of the next big trends.
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