Style trends: Gilding the lily — and all kinds of other flora — is hot for fall/winter 2019

Looks from the fall and winter 2019 Ulla Johnson runway collection, presented Thursday during New York Fashion Week.
(Monica Feudi)

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).

Looks from the Brock Collection runway show, which took place on Friday during New York Fashion Week.
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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.

Memorable metallics here included a strapless gold foil floral gown; a black dress with a peplum bustier top with gold floral embroidery at the hem and peplum; and a black shortsleeve top with embroidered silver detail and silver buttons.

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