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Typically, a major fashion trend begins in the collective subconscious of the season’s biggest designers and makes its first step into the mainstream when it debuts on a runway. Maybe in Milan or New York or at Paris Couture Week – whatever, it’ll be on Zara shelves and in your shopping trolley at some point. If that sounds familiar, the famous “Celin sweater monologue” is over The devil Wears Prada, it is. The fashion industry operates the trickle-down process of fashion trends from the catwalk to the store shelf. However, there are rare exceptions to the rule, where a trend creeps onto TikTok FYPs, celebrity Instagram posts and H&M shelves as soon as it hits the runway. I’m not sure who leaked the big metallic clothing trend early, but it’s poised to take over every sector of the fashion world.
I first noticed the trend on my recent holiday in Mallorca, Spain (these European countries think of all the cool trends first). Everywhere I looked, women shimmered in glittering, metallic bathing suits. I immediately bought a gold metallic one-piece suit at a local boutique. Then, just as I’m slipping into my new swimsuit, I open Instagram to see Kim Kardashian’s first of many posts in a metallic silver bikini.
It soon emerged that the bikini images were the teaser for the new SKIMS Metallic Swim Drop. Aha! Maybe Kim Kardashian is the industry insider hitting the runways on trends (and I bet Kris Jenner had a hand in that). At this point it would be hard to convince myself that the world Not revolve around Kim Kardashian – Ms. Kardashian walked like clockwork in Balenciaga’s haute couture show, where Demna, the brand’s designer and creative director, went all out in metallic looks down his catwalk.
Along with Kim Kardashian, Nicole Kidman was one of the many celebrity guests to walk on the Balenciaga show. She wore a silver metallic one-shoulder dress resembling Lady Liberty (it looks like Blake Lively’s Met Gala look has some competition).
As couture week progressed, other suit-wearing (shiny armor) designers followed – Fendi, Valentino and Jean Paul Gaultier have all incorporated metallic looks into their collections as statement moments. It’s no surprise that the decadent dresses, feather detailing and draped trains outshone the current selection at Zara – although it won’t be long before every retailer steps it up. If you love the couture look, keep scrolling for all the metallic mayhem you can rock right now.
Metallic swim bandeau bikini top
SKIMS recently launched a swim collection and the brand is back with its second iteration featuring shiny metallics. This bandeau bikini top features detachable straps for extra support and comes in three shiny color options. Mix and match with the cheeky bottoms.
Once you’ve taken up competitive swimming, manifest that first place medal with this gold metallic cycling suit. Or the more likely situation is that this one-piece is the perfect option for an ’80s-inspired beach workout costume.
Layered beaded mini dress
The summer party season isn’t over yet! This woven mini dress is a great way to mix and match metals with the silver slip and gold overlay.
Am I suggesting you stage the bride at a wedding? No of course not. Do I suggest you make a statement in this metallic dress? Absolutely.
Metallic leather sandals
If a full metallic outfit feels out of your comfort zone, try rocking the trend on your feet. This pair of green heeled sandals is perfect for special occasions all year round.