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From the Future

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Designers often look to the styles of eras past for fashion inspiration, and this year alone we’ve seen a resurgence of ladylike 50s dresses, mod 60s shifts, and 70s flares. But sometimes it can be even more rousing to look ahead for the next big trend. Case in point – futurism.

It’s hard to say what fashion will be like in the far off future – will it be the second-skin, silver jumpsuits of science fiction, or disposable one-time-use outfits made from eco-friendly recyclable fibers? Or what about Barbarella-esque leather babydoll dresses and platform boots? Maybe we’ll move into a post-clothing society, and people will once again be free to roam in next to nothing. 

Designers took a more literal approach and went for slick metallics and sleek, structured silhouettes. The Armani Privé couture collection spearheaded the trend, featuring body-conscious, metallic pieces that shimmered and quivered like mercury in a thermometer. Think sharp shoulders, liquid leggings, defined shapes, and peculiar, shiny hats that obscured models’ faces. Christopher Kane took an out-of-this-world approach too, for his resort collection, and used fabric printed with satellite-quality images of the cosmos for silky sheer tanks, dresses, jumpsuits, and fluid pants. More refined elements of futurism could be found at A.F. Vandevorst, where warrior-models wore stiff, structured metallic “suits of armor” and at Gianfranco Ferré, where cool monochromatic blacks and whites were the key players.

This is the year 2011, and while it may sound future-y, the world may not be quite ready for you to step out in a head-to-toe chrome ensemble just yet. So for now, focus on incorporating elements of futurism into your pre-existing wardrobe for a seamless transition from past to future. 

TBA, Adam, Aqua, Burberry© TBA, Adam, Aqua, Burberry

First up, amazing gold Leather Shorts by TBA. These babies are showstoppers from the year 3000. Even if the thought of metallic leather scares you a little, the paper-bag waist and sweet a-line shape keep the look ultra-flattering and feminine. Rock these shorts with a floaty chiffon blouse in white, black, or nude, or with a basic cardigan and tank. Short shorts like these look classy with flats, or sassy with chunky, ankle-strapped platform sandals or wedges.

The Adam Metallic Mini Skirt has great texture, silvery sheen, and versatility. Dress it up to go out with a fitted top and stiletto booties, or make it wearable for work with a sharp black blazer and tights. Silver is subdued enough to be a neutral, so work it with rich brights like raspberry, chartreuse, and cobalt.

Nighttime is the right time for the Zeus Dress from Aqua; its deep, plunging V-back, structured shoulder pads, and front leather panel make it the sexiest frock for future- girls.  We also love the industrial zipper that runs all along the front. Style it up with space-age, sparkly ankle boots and wire-thin chrome bangle bracelets, or go vampy in black pumps and wrap-around leather and chain bracelets.

Make any look instantly future-friendly with a fierce pair of Burberry Shield Sunglasses, which look like they just fell off the face-shield of an intergalactic astronaut’s space helmet. Ironically, this pair is actually vintage – which just further proves our point that when it come to fashion, what goes around comes around.

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