From left: Schilsan’s blackened and oxidized steel sconce (on wall) and chandelier (on floor); Calvin Klein’s Lurex tweed coat, rayon and metal mesh top, nickel-plate belt, and wool and silk twill pants; Alexander McQueen’s silk jacquard dress; Ron Arad’s polished aluminum chair.
From left: Schilsan’s blackened and oxidized steel sconce (on wall) and chandelier (on floor); Calvin Klein’s Lurex tweed coat, rayon and metal mesh top, nickel-plate belt, and wool and silk twill pants; Alexander McQueen’s silk jacquard dress; Ron Arad’s polished aluminum chair.

Designers have been courting high shine on the runways for several seasons now. This spring, though, their love for luster takes a decidedly novel turn—toward an industrial, machinelike gleam. That steel and chrome vibe often gives way to a futuristic feel, as seen at Calvin Klein and Balenciaga. But the look is still plenty sexy, too. Case in point: Alexander McQueen’s coiled metal–print sheath, which hugs the body for serious curve appeal.

Fashion assistant: Nicholas Whitehouse. Schilsan sconce And chandelier, at Property Furniture, New York; Arad chair, at Friedman Benda Gallery, New York; Rootstein mannequin, Rootstein.Com.