The Future is Silver
If the Autumn/Winter 18/19 collections taught us anything, it was to embrace our inner empowering qualities and look towards the future.
Fashion is one of the most powerful tools to portray cultural attitudes with accents of personality and charm encapsulated, and there was one particular trend that depicted this. A series of silver sartorial options provided autumn with a streak of Sci-Fi, presenting the metallic wonder as a fierce and foreseeable aesthetic and arrived in an assortment of styles that will take you from day to night.
See the trend as a means of future-proofing your wardrobe, incorporating all manner of silver fabrications and finishing’s to enhance the upcoming season with a sense of strength and sass. For Balmain’s latest collection, Olivier Rousteing showcased his biannual Babe Machine catwalk and illustrated a revolutionary narrative, where he imagined how women will dress in 2050. Naturally, a sparkling showering of all that is silver transpired, with an intergalactic aesthetic in the form of holographic plastics, liquefied iridescent, glass-like oily surfaces and metallic armour that arrived structured and sensual.
Elsewhere, an army of other design houses looked into their telescopes for inspiration and captured the silver story in all its glory, whether that translated as casual or occasion wear. Christian Dior revamped its daywear options with a smart silver coat that rocketed outfits into the 21st-century and beyond, and Giorgio Armani’s luxurious silver below-the-knee jacket elevated daily tailoring.
The must-have colour trend obviously came into its own via eveningwear dressing, with Alberta Ferretti’s gunmetal, silver plunge neck gown and Christopher Kane’s lavish brocade trouser suit. Short hems prevailed with the likes of Paco Rabanne, Halpern, Off-White and Marques’Almeida all opting to show more than a bit of leg, with then majority channelling asymmetric styles.
Words by Kate Farley