Metal In Design: Fashion First, And Some Function Too

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As the resident fashion blog reader here at MetalMiner, I’ve noticed a shiny trend: metallic is back, and not just in makeup, fabric, or statement jewelry. Designers are ditching the jewelry for statement … shoes! According to The Moment, the NYT fashion blog:

“Copper, silver and gold have taken a recent hiatus from the wrist and settled near the sole. Silver ankle cuffs are the newest way to dress up a pair of sandals, but they’re hardly the only golden opportunity. Many of the season’s best sandals look like they’ve been dipped in 24-karat gold dust ” a glimmer, not to mention a shimmer, of what’s ahead for fall. From Altuzarra’s silk sheath dresses dripping in metal  fringe to Balenciaga’s asymmetrical tunics with silver panels and Givenchy’s gold patent pumps, designers are smitten. Meanwhile, take a step in a right direction.

My favorites are from Lanvin and Giambattista Valli:

On the more functional (and, ahem, less expensive) side of the equation, Boing Boing featured something I need pretty badly. You see, I have a collecting problem. This is (just one) of my many bookshelves:

So imagine my delight when I saw these:

Designers Xin-Hung Lin, Pei-Yi Chiu, Chia-Rung Shu, & Wung-Bing Lin of Yanko Design came up with this “curled, tensioned metal shelf overlaid with plastic to hold the books in place. Plus, the ends have secret compartments to hold pens, trinkets, or whatever you want. Now any surface in my house can become a bookshelf!

Stay trendy, and stay organized this summer. And happy weekend.

–Sheena Moore

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