Go Mad For Metallics

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Johanna Payton

Metallic latest trend for SS12

After the festive season’s sequins have been packed away for another year, January can feel pretty drab. It’s easy, after the sparkle of Christmas is behind you, to opt for bulky knits and oversized cardis to see you through to spring. But the contrast can create a massive fashion comedown – and there’s nothing like a bit of bling in your winter wardrobe to pick you up post-Christmas.

There are two big bonuses this year if you want a hit of daring, edgy fashion. First off, the weather – so far, this winter is mild enough not to have to rely on a heavy, warmth-before-style wardrobe. And long may that continue.

Second, one of January’s hottest trends is absolutely perfect for brightening up an otherwise moribund month…

Metallics have been on the radar since February 2011’s Fashion Weeks, but thanks to the late burst of summer we had in September, they never had the chance to take-off. Now the timing is just right; nothing demands attention more than a classic metallic dress on a January night out, and a metallic tee or pleated skirt make a racy and rock chick-esque addition to your everyday look.

I’m a fan of both dress-up and casual metallics – and the two can come together nicely. Plan your purchases carefully and you can do day-to-night looks with key pieces; for example, wear the Dolce&Gabbana metallic jacquard skirt with the textured zip stripe jumper by Warehouse during the day, then switch to the Sister Jane lace top with contrast collar for a night on the tiles.

Or you could wear Vivienne Westwood’s Anglomania metallic drape top with Rich and Skinny’s Uptown indigo jeans for hip daywear, and switch to the leather paneled mini skirt by Mangofor your killer evening style.

If you’re after a knockout metallic dress for a January party – or a hot Valentine’s date – why not slip into Mina’s simple, stylish metallic dress, be super-sexy in the sizzling wrap dress by ASOS, turn up the heat with Boohoo’s shiny Carla dress, or bag a designer bargain with the one shoulder metallic mini dress by Halston Heritage, reduced from £294 to £145 in the ASOS sale.

Foil is another key way of working this trend to the max, particularly to glam-up your winter work wardrobe. I’m loving Miss Selfridge’s silver foil chainmail top, Topshop’s foil texture top, Dorothy Perkins black foil print jumper and Helmut Lang’s foil wash skinny jeans.

And for a fun foil dress that is guaranteed to squash the January blues, look no further than the Lela Rose foil brocade dress – it’s a stunning way to start your 2012 fashion schedule.


Futuristic Metallics

furturistic metallics

Shop The Look: Vince metallic sweater £388, Miss Selfridge pu shorts £18, Topshop pewter ankle grazers £10, Richard Nicol Georgette maxi skirt £252.50, Herve Leger metallic bandage mini dress £901.60.

Timeless Precious Metals

timeless precious metal

Shop The Look: TFNC sleeveless dress £39, Ted Baker suit blazer £100, Camilla Skovgaard Professor courts £335, Topshop pleated midi skirt £36, Marc Jacobs silk-blend bra and briefs £99.75 each.

Stunning Silver Accessories

Stunning silver accessories

Shop The Look: ASOS shopper £15, Miss KG organza clutch bag £35, Warehouse skinny belt £5, Principles by Ben de Lisi graphic stud earrings £4, Ted Baker NARLAH – Metallic small purse £41 (Was £59).


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