All that glitters

All that glitters

It’s official. Be it an entire outfit, pants, accessories, or shoes, metallic fashion is the way to go. So bling it on in style, urges Samarpita Dasgupta.


Be it shiny silver or glistening gold, metallic fashion has injected itself into our wardrobes even before we could say ‘bling’. From Rome, to Egypt, to India,
metallic colours and sheen have always been an evergreen choice with royalty and common folks alike. By the mid-1970s, the caftan, kimono and djellaba (Moroccan garment) were familiar fashion, often edged with gold or silver metallic trim.

On the Spring 2014 runways, everyday outfits were injected with a shot of glitz, thanks to some flashy twists on the metallic trend. 

It’s a contemporary world, where magazines and ramp shows influence trend preferences all across the globe. And metallic has been one of the most prominent trends to be adapted in all sorts of outfits, in small and grand ways.

We’ve seen high-voltage metallics on the runways of designers like Phillip Lim and Joseph Altuzarra. Taking inspiration from the full-metal looks by designer Tom Ford,
armour dresses have had a huge rise in popularity over the season.

That’s ramp talk. But even on the streets, metallic fashion has been doing its rounds in several small ways. Women around the world are absolutely loving sheath dresses with metallic tints, apart from the terrific combination of metallic sheen in seductive tube bodycons. Pastel and shine seem like an oxymoron, but the two can be combined beautifully, as was seen at several red carpet events this year.

Be it Gaurav Gupta or Bibhu Mohapatra, interpretations of the trend with jewel tones, metallic sheen and textured fabrics are hot on the Indian runway. Fashionistas Sonam Kapoor and Freida Pinto flaunted the 70s metallic glam style at Cannes, as did Aishwariya Rai Bachchan in a stunning Roberto Cavalli number.

With fashion power-houses raising the heat with metallics, Indian designers are also doing their bit for the trend. There’s no denying that everything, from
accessories to shoes to an entire outfit, is going metallic.

And why not? They are guaranteed to up your sartorial game a few notches! Metallics can make your monochromatic dressing a little more interesting, and even if too much bling is not your thing, a small strip of gold or silver metal finish on your accessories is enough to make heads turn.

And if you’ve been hooked to neon or pastel trend for far too long, and just can’t get enough of it, simply spice it up by blending in a little metallic fashion.

Metallic shoes are the hotties of this trend. They are conspicuously present in the form of metallic tints to matte shine to outright metallic strips at the toes or
metallic heels. Hologram heels and Steve Madden loafers have actually been
occupying the top shelves at most stores even before the trend hit the runways in India. Be it for nightclubs or big-fat Indian weddings, metallic shoes have prevailed as a top and recurring choice among Indian women.


But you don’t really have to wait for that evening party to pull out your metallics.
A little pop of metallic, whether it is a layered look over metallic shorts or skirts, or even some metallic sneakers, will do the trick - yes, during the day, too.

To perk up an ordinary outfit, just strap on a pair of metallic heels, and you’re good to go! Too conservative to put metallics on your body? Start with a metallic clutch for an evening party or a metallic belt for formal wear.

It’s official. Be it an entire outfit, pants, accessories, or shoes, metallic is the way to go. This season, all that glitters is gold! So bling it on in style.

(The writer is head of fashion, roposo.com)

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