As London Fashion Week came to an end, and all eyes turned to Milan, it seems that SS12 is set to be a pretty eclectic one. Embedded between summer's signature feminine pastel shades and printed ﬂoral trousers, my eye has been drawn towards something a little different for SS12.
Step forth - high shine textiles. From plastic and PVC to metallic lurex and patent leather - whichever form our new shiny friend may come, it's here to make a statement. Sleek, modern and a vibrant contrast to next summer's prim outlook, this shiny happy textile has been spotted all over the New York and London catwalks.
Metallic outfits were seen at Hervé Léger by Max Azria and Chado Ralph Rucci, whilst Giles' silver swan-themed collection was enthused with metallic dresses that were just as magical as the setting itself. And it didn't stop there, Antonio Berardi gave voluminous dresses a futuristic feel with patent shoulder pieces, whilst I was beyond mesmerised by Richard Nicholl's patent t-shirts, giving a fresh appeal to the trend.
Hervé Léger by Max Azria SS1
Chado Ralph Rucci SS12
Richard Nicholl SS12
At Christopher Kane, beautiful leather-look dresses sauntered down the runway complete with an enchanting shimmering finish, whilst over at Felder Felder, identical twins, Annette and Daniela Felder, went all out with their ice cool metallic leather skirts and glitzy skater dresses. Simone Rocha was another one to embrace this new penchant for all things shiny, showcasing plastic encased lace dresses built to withstand summer downpours.
Christopher Kane SS12
Felder Felder SS12
Simone Rocha SS12
Simone Rocha SS12
I'm definitely not one to deny the universal appeal of flowers and pastels; they are of course a time-honoured summertime staple. But I'm more than enjoying this edgy take on feminine dressing; from muted foils to shiny patent, summer's pretty colour palette is set for a glossy makeover.