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Typically, a major fashion trend begins in the collective unconscious of the season’s top designers and takes its first steps into the mainstream when it makes its runway debut. Maybe it’s Milan, or New York or Paris Couture Week – it doesn’t matter, eventually it’ll be on Zara’s shelves and in your shopping cart. If this sounds familiar to the famous “cerulean sweater monologue” of The devil wears Prada, it is. The fashion industry harnesses the trickle process of fashion trends from the runway to the sales rack. 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 starts hitting the runway. I don’t know who leaked the big metallic clothing trend at first, but it’s about to take over all sectors of the fashion world.
I first noticed the trend during my recent vacation in Mallorca, Spain (these European countries think of all cool trends first). Everywhere I looked, women sparkled in shimmering, metallic bathing suits. I immediately bought a gold metallic piece from a local shop. Then, just as I had just put on my new swimsuit, I open Instagram to see the first of many posts from Kim Kardashian in a silver metallic bikini.
It was soon revealed that the bikini photos were the teaser for the new SKIMS metallic swim drop. Ah! Perhaps Kim Kardashian is the industry insider beating the trend tracks (and I bet Kris Jenner was involved). At this point, it would be hard to convince me that the world doesn’t revolve around Kim Kardashian – like clockwork, Ms. Kardashian took part in the Balenciaga Haute Couture show where Demna, the brand’s designer and creative director, sent full metallic looks down her catwalk.
Alongside Kim Kardashian, Nicole Kidman was one of many celebrities invited to parade in the Balenciaga fashion show. She wore a one-shoulder silver metallic dress that looks like Lady Liberty (looks like Blake Lively’s Met Gala look has some competition).
As couture week continued, other designers followed suit (shiny armor) – Fendi, Valentino and Jean Paul Gaultier all included metallic looks as standout moments in their collections. It’s no surprise that decadent dresses, feather details and draped trains have eclipsed Zara’s current selection, though 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 bandeau bikini top
SKIMS recently launched a swimwear collection and the brand is back with its second iteration featuring shiny metals. This bandeau bikini top comes with removable straps for extra support and is available in three shiny color options. Mix and match with the cheeky bottoms.
If you’ve gotten into competitive swimming, claim first place in this metallic gold cycling suit. Or, the more likely situation is that this piece is the perfect 80s-inspired beach workout suit option.
Beaded Layered Mini Dress
The summer party season isn’t over yet! This woven mini dress is a great way to mix up the metals with the silver slip and gold overlay.
Am I suggesting you upstage the bride at a wedding? No of course not. Am I suggesting you make a statement in that metallic dress? Absolutely.
Metallic leather sandals
If an all-metallic outfit feels out of your comfort zone, try rocking the trend on your feet. This pair of green heeled sandals will be suitable all year round for special occasions.