Metallic finishes are an ageless trend that has taken the catwalks by storm, becoming the insignia of Paco Rabanne from the sixties to the current truffle collections gucci Isabel Marant and Dries Van Noten that is the last stylistic bet of Beyonce.
“That kind of costume always works, especially with great artists. They never go out of style because they are avant-garde and risky pieces”, Dominican-Lebanese fashion designer Giannina Azar, seamstress for Gwen Stefani and Madonna and creator of the metallic piece that Beyoncé uses on the cover of her latest album, explains to EFE, “Rebirth”.
Baptized by Cocó Chanel as “the metallurgist of fashion”the Spanish-French Paco Rabanne, who died this year, paved the way for transforming impossible materials, such as metal and chains, into yet another raw material for fashion.
And he did it in an iconic way: from the wardrobe of the film “Barbarela”wearing Jane Fonda, to be actress Jane Birkin’s chief seamstress.
“These finishes work because they are a cheerful and colorful material, which can be both summer and winter”, explains Fran Marto, a stylist renowned for faces such as models Linda Evangelista, Irina Shayk and Nieves Álvarez. Detail just finished “An outfit for Nieves Álvarez with metallic shoes from LODI together with denim pieces”.
Although Rabanne died last February, his empire did not, as the photos he left wearing movie stars like Audrey Hepburn in “Two for the road” they laid the foundations for a way of understanding fashion that left needles aside for tweezers and new materials and textures.
Despite the fact that six decades have passed since the birth of the stylist, in which the fashion world was reformulated with hundreds of trends, metal and shine continue to be present in Rabanne’s house, now led by Julien Dossena.
But the trend is no longer just for Rabanne, but universal: from Dries Van Notten and Gucci to Chloé.
A rising trend
The Spanish artist Rosalía wearing gold at the Latin Grammy Awards and the Spanish-Cuban actress Ana de Armas at the last Oscar gala wearing a Louis Vuitton dress are just some of the celebrities who opt for these finishes. And not only international record labels do this, but also designers from author label subscriptions.
“I totally dedicated my collection to sparkles and metallics and in each of the pieces”, explains Dutch breeder Isabel Gomila; Although known for her tailored kimonos, days ago she presented her latest collection, Opulence, a line of dresses, coats and bodices in which metallic colors are the resounding protagonists.
In addition to shutting up on catwalks and among artists for events such as red carpets or video clips and productions, the trend also extends day by day, from where fast fashion chains market their own versions of garments such as wide-cut and metallic pants, a trend at the height.
A piece that is precisely one of the most emblematic of the line ‘ready to wear’ by the Isabel Marant house, which usually has this piece as a wardrobe staple in almost all of its collections and which now appears in showcases like Zara, Bershka or companies of the so-called ‘fast fashion’.
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