“Metallic pants are surprisingly flattering – just pair with simple separates.”
“Wear shiny flats from day to night – they’re chic and comfortable.”
“Team silver with white for the most modern way to work it.”
Chanel Iman wears dress by Thakoon; bra by Dolce & Gabbana; belt stylist’s own
Metallics are often admired and dismissed as a Studio 54 reference, a sartorial symbol of the disco-ball era. The SS14 spin on sparkle is different: this is daytime decadence. Gold, silver and bronze, yes, but also amethyst, fuchsia and cobalt – mixed not with statement jewelry and tanned skin, but instead with distressed denim, a white tee or a black bomber jacket. Think high voltage, sedated with a shot of down-to-earth cool – metallics for the mainstream.
It’s a tricky trend, so this issue is dedicated to showing you how to make it your own. For some, that will be a simple silver sandal or a mirrored clutch – very chic. But we hope you will also be surprised by how wearable metallic-blue cigarette pants suddenly appear, or how a glittery eye becomes the perfect
way to update your makeup look.
Plus, model Chanel Iman is a shining example of the freshest way to wear gold, top makeup artists including Pat McGrath offer advice on sophisticated shimmer, and discover luxe getaways with added luster. It’s time to shine.
JENNIFER DICKINSON, SENIOR EDITOR
Photograph: Paul Maffi