What do Liza Minelli, spoons, and coinage all have in common? No, I”m not referring to the fact that they”re all very round. While yes, this is true, I am referring rather to their association with all things that shine.
While Ms. Manilli is often the brunt of cruel and malicious jokes, this season, it seems that the joke may be on us. In the face of increasing disposability of styles and trends, designers have thrown us a curveball of sorts, and sent out shine/metallic again, this time in full force.
For spring, Fashion-God Marc Jacobs sent out a blinding, metallic gold bomber jacket and quilted, matching bag , while Proenza Shoulder kept it slightly more basic (not by much) with hints of shine in a black, A-line coat with geometric print.
Credit: Style.com (From top left) Myself, Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Marc Jacobs
As I have contested below, shine and metallics, especially in bags and accessories, has been a trend for several seasons consecutively. In the same period, we have seen gaucho pants, bug-eyed sunglasses, and polka dots come and leave our fashion vocabulary with speeds assosciated only with Nascar. So, I beg the question, why have shine and metallics become the Dick Clarke of fashion?
Is it a case of nostalgia, a matter of designers fulfilling their long-engrained perceptions of what 21st fashion should be? Is it the flexibility to complement adjacent colours effortlessly, bathing them in a sea of light? Or rather, is it simply that the state of the world is so incredibly dire that a little sparkle, via a fabulous bag, let”s say, is the best medicine money can buy?
And, at the cost of a bottle of those little blue pills in your dresser, a $XXX Marc Jacobs bag has never looked so sensible.