Metallics were big last year, and metallic clothes, shoes and bags still continue to appear in the shops. I really like metallics, partly because I love the original 1960s versions so much. The Paco Rabanne dress is made from different sized pieces of aluminium, stitched together with wire, really challenging ideas of what clothes can be made from. The Cardin couple are dressed in clothes made from silver vinyl. And best of all is Twiggy in her John Bates shift, wearing beautiful silver lurex tights and square toed silver shoes. Even her make up shimmers.
They were known as “Space age” outfits, taking inspiration from the clothes of the moon explorers. This photograph from 1960 shows the first American astronauts who took on the Russians, in the space race. Their outfits are not so different to those worn by Pierre Cardin’s (admittedly flat capped) male model.
I am thinking hard about how to introduce some silvery beauty into my Sewing with a Plan (SWAP 2016) collection. So far I have a silver waistband on a light blue skirt, silver sequins on my shocking pink YSL dress and an idea about putting silver trim onto my purple suit. I also bought a pair of silver shoes. I admit I have become a bit obsessed with it. I am not sure if people with warm colouring feel the same about gold as I do about silver, but I wear it everyday, even if it is only my earings, necklace and belt buckle. But I think it goes so well with my cool-bright palette – somewho enhancing the brightness and coolness of my wardrobe.
This long T shirt evening dress by YSL is amazing isn’t it? So modern, simple and balanced. And the boots which are rather masculine and robust, but made of silver. The other two outfits – head to toe silver sequins or silver leather – are accessorised with silvery tights and silver footwear.
Are you a silver or gold lover? Or do you prefer to avoid these show off fabrics?