Morning regrets are nothing compared to making legendary nights.
Many know that I’m a party boy, with a penchant for all things gold (and red) and neon lights. New York Fashion Week (NYFW), aside from its inspirations from the arts or, off late, politics, and with a prophecy of predicting what’s on the red carpets and retail knockoffs for the year, does one more thing well: feeds the passion for nightlife.
And Custo Barcelona‘s collection literally glinted in the dark with the sheer quantity of metal, sequin and sparkle that he infused into entirely wearable and well structured outfits that graced the runways. Titled “Light Years”, Custo Dalmau‘s clothing was an homage to shining light, transcending space, time and light years!
With a metal on metal theme, it was the bold colors and prints that sashayed down the runway, with the crowd clamoring in joy at the wide leg trousers, the metallic ruffles, the quilted metal outerwear, the sparkling dresses, and so much more. It almost made one plea that the entire show was in slow motion to absorb and inhale the countless details on the patterns and textures.
Silver was a dominant hue, metallic to a mirrored effect, and often paired with pink or purple. An oversized jacket with fuzzy pink lapels, a one piece mini dress with geometric shapes and a solid metal belt, with a similar rendition with creased and notched frontal folds made for a staple in nightlife, alongside a plethora of multi textured outerwear were all stellar uses of metal.
Silver menswear was also en vogue, with a quilted silver and charcoal jacket with asymmetric black and silver pants, a more grey variant silk and woolen longline trench with a soft sweater, and my favorite: a rhombus printed silver trench coat with silver hightops and pants, totally a legendary fixture in my wardrobe!
And while silver was stellar, many know that my heart thunders for gold. A summery daisy dress was given a facelift for the night with golden shoulder pads for a futuristic look, and a sequence of tops and dresses were graced with oversized golden sequins and artwork in asymmetric forms. Monochromatic gold outfits seemed to bring the color to life with textures, like in a loose fit sequined pair of trousers juxtaposed with a varsity cut souvenir jacket, or an asymmetric block print dress with three distinct textures of gold marking block contrasts.
Gold menswear, a salivating sequence at that, included a gold jumpsuit of sorts with a crinkled fur lined bomber in disco gold flakes, and a stellar square cut longline coat in dusty gold and black hues which shimmered for an indulgent, yet understated appeal.
There was a lot of play on color, which was a thankful departure from those who swore by blending metallics with only black. Red layered coats and Bohemian Egyptian print long fitted dresses made way for more layered and ombre style pieces in pink and orange and red, varying fabric from cottons to wools to metals to cashmeres. Juxtaposition and recombination was akin to gastronomy when it came to colors and fabrics.
Blue was seen aplenty too, a rare find on runways especially in the sky and neon tones, with furry sleeves on a retro mini skirt and an all metal mishmash of fabrics, too.
With metal on metal as the new trend to look forward to, I would do anything for a slice of this gold and silver soaked future.