Wednesday, 15 February 2017

On Trend Now - Chainmail

I don't know about you, but I adore the old archive pictures of Francoise Hardy back in the 70's wearing a Paco Rabanne chainmail jumpsuit - one word: Iconic. That's why I'm loving the chainmail revival that is happening at the moment. There is something so luxe and high fashion about this look, and yet it evokes a vintage vibe at the same time. The material lends itself perfectly to being draped in numerous different ways, which can create some very flattering silhouettes. Over on the runway, Balmain are reigning supreme with their modern use of this metallic material - slip dresses and wrap dresses reimagined with a major modern update. Mary Katranzou took this trend one step further and printed onto the metal, which at first glance was so genius it did not even look like chainmail. Philipp Plein put a 90's spin on things by pairing chainmail with quilted denim and some serious bling.
A new wave of models, many of Victoria's Secret fame,  have really taken to this trend opting to wear risque chainmail numbers to events and parties. And where there's glitz and glam, the Kardashians follow - Kim, Kourtney, Kendall and Kylie are regularly spotted wearing a daring chainmail dress or bralet as the case may be (see Kourtney Kardashian for reference). But its not just your mainstream red carpet style queens who wear chainmail. Last year former First Lady Michelle Obama stunned wearing a floor length rose gold chainmail Versace gown to a State dinner - the fashion world was left in awe of her showstopping outfit, which she wore with such grace and elegance. Ranging from edgy to classic, see below for styling inspiration...
And now for those throwback pictures...Francoise Hardy is seen here sporting two iconic Paco Rabanne outfits during the height of her fame. A true icon, who nailed this look long before others did. And whilst Balmain might have been championing chainmail the past couple of seasons, the brand has a long standing history of using this material. Back in the late 00's when Christophe Decarnin was at the helm of the French brand, he created several looks using chainmail (most notably SS10) - well afterall he did start his career at Paco Rabanne...

Phillippa x

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