Even without fun, eye-catching prints and collage appliqués, Holly Fulton’s collection would still be very appealing. It is the choice of fabrics as well as colors and of course her tailoring that makes it so special. Her day coats, pleated skirts and silk dresses in sky blue, soft pink, beige, ocher, silver and black are perfectly structured and elegant.
However, kooky prints and hand-stitched appliqués are so alluring that they overshadowed everything else. She printed her own manicured hands and boots from this very collection on coats and dresses and it looked cool and funny at the same time. She also used gingko leaves and exclamation marks as motifs for her Art Deco print designs, but gigantic images of hands squeezing old mobile phones, key rings and small handbags were absolutely stunning. “My hands are very important to me, I work with them”, Fulton explained her obsession and admitted that she once had a dream to become a hand model.
From girly ruffled dresses to leather biker jackets, plenty of metallic colors were seen at spring/summer shows in Paris, New York, Milan and London. While some designers like Alber Elbaz from Lanvin and Gareth Pugh were inspired by futurism and used hi-tech metallic fabrics, collections by Dries Van Noten and Rochas were very feminine and romantic. Dolce & Gabbana used a lot of golden materials and even made a gown from metal coins, and Anna Sui made them work with her flamboyant boho style dresses. Cristopher Kane was brave enough to mix multicolored metallic fabric with feathers, while Haider Ackermann used patches of gold and silver for her asymmetric dresses, but also skirts, trousers and suits.
Donatella Versace, Roberto Cavalli and Altuzarra used this trend as an excuse to make very sexy dresses, and collections by Meadham Kirchhoff and Marc by Marc Jacobs created some fabulous urban-wear pieces like metallic jackets.
How to wear this trend?
Since we could see a lot of modern light-weight fabrics, this trend can easily work for both spring summer parties. It is ideal for parties and glamorous events, but is can also be worn during the day in a more casual style. Head-to-toe in metallics would probably be too much, but if you choose one cool piece like a top or a jacket and combine it with other colors, it will blend in nicely. Haider Ackermann’s styling for her spring/summer 2014 show is a very good example how to rock this trend during the day.