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Chain Attraction

Monday 25th July 2016
It all started with Calvin Klein’s 2016 RTW range. Delicately deconstructed silk slips were accessorised with industrial strength chains and layered talismans. The unexpected pairing of hardware details and unstructured couture is the latest interpretation of traditional ‘bridal’ attire.
Posted under: fashion Tagged: #accessories

Punk as a style has succeeded once again in the wedding wardrobe. The top bijoux to covet are heavy links and mechanised-style brooches and bracelets that rouse flair, frivolity and sexuality. In a world dominated by machinery and technology, bare-metal details somehow seem like a progressive step in the accessory department. Unsullied by convention and void of banality, this trans-seasonal trend is a salute to an anti-establishment, anti-fashion, anti-bridal movement.

Looking at these decorated torsos, it’s clear that many designers are still inspired, by punk pioneers such as Iggy Pop and Vivienne Westwood. As elongated models rally down the runway, wrapped and restrained in gritty chains the fragility of what they’re wearing is instantly countered. Tidal waves of soft tulle and catalogues of silky chiffon skirts swathed in hardware, quickly bring us back to the neo-grunge counterculture of the early 1990’s.

So, what is the real attraction here? For the modern day bride, the attraction lies in the elegant double crossing of rough and refined street style. Our desire to look fierce over feminine has been reborn. Each experimental prototype piece of  jewellery created from fasteners and fixtures goes against the bridal ‘brief’ and stands to make a statement.

Yes, we were skeptical. Now we are in love with the idea of wearing something so ‘unacceptable’.

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Monday 25th July 2016