With the Fall/winter 2015-2016 fashion shows over, touring New York, London, Milan to Paris, a sense of reflection and certainly appreciation immerses itself throughout the fashion industry. From fabulously bright, bold colours, to playful and innovative constructions of the silhouette, this year’s catwalk has been home to many magnificent fashion pieces, no thanks to the brilliant fashion designers behind the scenes. A metallic silver colour scheme has been a common style experimented with this year supplying an element of shimmer and shine to an already outstanding collection of garments.

Loewe | Spring Collection

A designer who incorporated this glittering quality is Jonathan Anderson in his recent Spring Loewe collection. The house of Loewe is essentially an established Spanish fine leather company, however Andersons’s ensembles clearly defied any traditional conventions that are involved with such a label.

Loewe | Spring Collection

Creating eye-catching pieces that expand from wearable, sleek metallic trousers to the avant-garde inspired Puzzle piece, Anderson’s garments and surface designs are undoubtedly captivating.  

Arthur Arbesser | A/W Collection 2016

Featured in Arthur Arbesser’s 2015-2016 Autumn winter collection, the metallic colour theme is taken to the extreme. The shiny and polished surface design, produces an elegant, and slightly playful astronaut-like ensemble. Drawing the eyes directly to the garments, the absence of any statement jewellery allows the viewers to follow the gleaming folds of the material embracing its mysteriousness and distorted reflections.

Chanel | 2016 Collection

Another well-established designer that utilised and exploited this seemingly popular inspiration is Chanel. From space-like silver gloves to Chanel’s cherished handbags, the ensembles were coated from head to toe with a glamorous metallic sheen, glimmering as the models strutted down the catwalk.

Sadie Williams | A/W 2016 collection

Recent graduate, and London-based designer Sadie Williams presented her Autumn/winter 2016 collection at the Institution of Contemporary Arts. Evoking a space-like effect, Williams used Ski attire as her main inspiration, experimenting with shape, form and material.

Sadie Williams | A/W 2016 collection

“Old school ski-wear emblazoned with bold chevrons and swooping curves was a major source of inspiration,” stated Williams. Challenging the function and definition of what ski attire can look like, Williams transforms what is traditionally seen as sports equipment, into wearable sci-fi fashion pieces. 

Manifest Design | Sirena Leaf Earrings

Manifest Design host a narrative of sculptural designs that strive to make “Everyday Wearable Art’. The curvature “Sirena Leaf Earrings” are inspired by a broad spectrum of creativity from Gnarled corals, sensuous vines, bold rock sculptures, urban art, opera t0 street food. The ornamental swirls encompass conceptual style whilst appearing elegant and chic. 

Manifest Design | Dune Cuff

The “Dune Cuff” offers an aura of eccentric chic to the metallic style. Whilst the fusion of both sculptor and metalsmith expertise is apparent, the designs soft curves add a layer of intrigue and warmth to the quirky piece.

Whilst metallic can be applied to fabrics, arguably, making a bold statement as this particular colour can be seen as a brave, and unconventional choice when choosing an outfit. In jewellery design, the shimmering metallic is often adopted as a sculptable base, offering an infinite amount of quirky design opportunities- perfect for complementing a broad array of trendy ensembles.

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Written by  Amber Weaver

Edited by Christina Wright

References

Images:

Sadie Williams Piste Autumn Winter 2016 collection. Available at: http://thearchitectureinsight.com/Architecture/sadie-williams-gives-retro-ski-wear-a-futuristic-twist-for-off-piste-autumn-winter-2016-collection

Sadie Williams Piste Autumn Winter 2016 collection. Available at: http://fredbutlerstyle.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/sat-20th-feb-lfw-aw16-sadie-williams.html

Sadie Williams Piste Autumn Winter 2016 collection. Available at: http://fredbutlerstyle.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/sat-20th-feb-lfw-aw16-sadie-williams.html

Johnathon Anderson. Lowe collection Spring summer 2016 collection. Available at: http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/spring-2016-ready-to-wear/loewe/slideshow/collection 

Johnathon Anderson. Lowe collection Spring summer 2016 collection. Available at: http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/spring-2016-ready-to-wear/loewe/slideshow/collection 

Arthur Arbesser. Ready to wear, fall 2015. Available at: http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2015-ready-to-wear/arthur-arbesser/slideshow/collection#31 

Chanel. Paris fashion week 2016. Available at: http://lookandlovewithlolo.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/paris-fashion-week-spring-2016-rtw_7.html?m=1 

Chanel. Paris fashion week 2016. Available at: http://lookandlovewithlolo.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/paris-fashion-week-spring-2016-rtw_7.html?m=1 

Chloe J Mellen. Available at: http://hausie.com/chloe-j-mellen/

Chloe J Mellen. Available at: http://hausie.com/chloe-j-mellen/