London Fashion Week got tremendously trippy with designers Christopher Bailey and Jonathan Saunders sending out a barrage of kaleidoscopic garments that brought spring boldness on to an intoxicating textile high. Metallic may have minutely peppered our warm-weather wardrobe early this summer, but it seems the high-shine will be of catastrophically blinding proportions come spring 2013.
On the Burberry Prorsum runway, Bailey was on an offensive metallic stance. Tops, skirts, dresses, jackets and even their classic trench arrived in visually titillating variations. The colors were anything but shy and demure, going for loud shades of pink, green, orange and gold. As if the polished sheen of metallics needed even more oomph, the incorporation of the spring colors made for one of the most exciting spring collections at LFW.
Jonathan Saunders’ take on the trend offered a glimpse of the 1970’s disco era while suggesting sci-fi inspirations as well. The holographic skirts, teamed with skintight tops on the runway, were particularly stunning. Saunders ingeniously threw in a metallic and striped cropped top-and-skirt ensemble that nailed three trends to absolute perfection.
It may only be Burberry Prorsum and Jonathan Saunders that embraced the wildness and iridescence of over-the-top metallic, but with a runway statement as resounding as theirs, we’ll be hunting for a new pair of sunglasses soon. This high-octane departure from the normality of cottons and chiffons could well be one of our favorite spring 2013 trends—next to the stripe fever, that is.
Photos from iMAXtree.com