Sure, at only two days into the official slate of New York Fashion Week women’s shows it’s far too early to know if the florals-meets-metallics thing will develop into a full-blown fall and winter 2019 trend, but there’s already a glimmer — make that shimmer — that it will. (Metallics were already having a moment — albeit a spring/summer 2019 moment — here, thanks to Ralph Lauren’s heavily gilded in-season collection presented Thursday.)
Exhibit A: Ulla Johnson, who on Thursday evening deployed abstract woven florals flecked with Lurex, delicate metal-embellished lace and a custom silk velvet devore woven with metallics to create what she described in her show notes as “an opulent celebration of pattern and form, telling a story of emboldened and poetic femininity.”
Standouts in this department included a cross-front halter gown in citrine velvet devore (at far right in the above photo) and a floral devore ruffle-sleeve gown in rose gold (second from right).
Exhibit B: Brock Collection, the Southern California-based 2016 winner of the CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund Award, that kicked off Fashion Week’s Friday morning. Although the fall and winter runway offering didn’t stray from the label’s DNA of vintage- and lingerie-inspired, lace-trimmed, puffed sleeved wheelhouse, gold foil and silver embroidery on a range of pieces seemed to give the latest Brock frocks a heft we hadn’t seen before — and a welcome one at that.