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Fall Trends 2010: Metallic

Peter Dundas

You can usually find metallic somewhere in every season, every year.   But this fall it is represented in a much more prevalent way that in recent past.  Many designers, such as Lanvin and Balmian, showed gold dresses.  Dries Van Noten has incorporated modern metallic jackets into their collection, while Chanel has integrated metallic hues into the details of their pieces – a hemline, a cuff, etc.

While gold immediately springs to mind when the word “metallic” comes up, and it is the most commonly used metallic on the Fall 2010 runways, don’t forget about shades of silver, platinum, or even copper.

Metallics are to be treated as a neutral, they can be paired with anything.  Think of gold and copper as warm, and silver and platinum as cool.  They all go with almost any color, but have a completely different effect on the tone — think about the differing tone of a gold accessory versus a silver accessory on a simple black dress.

Metallics give an outfit an air of femininity and sexiness.  And this season, they are to be worn during the day, as well as at night.  There are so many options that you can go for the dramatic, as in Lanvin’s metallic gown, or for simple accessories, as in a gold shoe, a copper purse, or a silver statement necklace.  During the day, you can wear a cute metallic cardigan, add a thick metallic belt to a dress, or layer necklaces of varying lengths over a simple top.  At night, there’s a lot more freedom to go ultra-glamorous.

How To Wear:

  • Choose the fabric carefully.  An ill-made piece, or one made of inexpensive fabric, will look cheap.
  • Choosing a piece made out of a fabric with a metallic thread running through it is a great compromise – not too flashy, but still in keeping with the trend.
  • Metallic fabrics are unforgiving, so make sure that you get the fit right.  If it is too tight, go up a size or don’t buy it.
  • Be age appropriate

Where To Buy:

Maggy London Sleeveless Silk Dress: $148 (Nordstrom)

BCBGENERATION Strapless Metallic Dress: $118

INC Dolman Sleeve Metallic Boatneck: $69. (Macy's)

DKNY Jeans Top, Cowl Neck Short Sleeve Metallic Hardware: $54

Diane Von Furstenberg Tiered Metallic Skirt: $385

Banana Republic Skinny Metallic Belt: $29.50

Steve Madden Gold Caryssag Shoe $129.95

Glint Frame Clutch: $98 (Nordstrom)

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