Trend: Steeling Beauty

Gear up this season with some heavy metal.


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.