Trends - Fashion Armor

Chain Reaction

Chain-Worthy Pieces To Link Us Together


Fashion consisting of metal materials have certainly come a long way since the forgotten days of the middle age. We can thank a few talents for exploring this unconventional yet beautifully sculptural way of dressing. One who is notorious for using unusual materials is the iconic designer Paco Rabanne who many called the “metal worker”. His costumes for the cult film Barbarella, as well as photos of Françoise Hardy in those plated mini dresses, have left imprints in fashion history.

Today Paco Rabanne’s well-rounded collections still feature variations of metal, but you can be sure to see updates such as leather discs, as opposed to silver, and many other accessible textures.

A more recent collection retraces moments from medieval history bringing to life powerful one of a kind  pieces that truly feel like armor. This Paris-based, namesake label is Aurelie Demel. Although she has made her mark with atypical chainmail designs, the range remains feminine  covering other bases with furs, velvets, and satins. The gold and silver toned chainmail top I am wearing has an unexpected softness due to the black cashmere woven throughout the style. This way of combining elements is the sort of contradiction I always love to see. If you haven’t already browsed the Fall 2015 shows, take a look at Alexander Wang’s ultra black collection filled with a plethora of chain details.

For those who have never taken a chance on chainmail or any metal for that matter, why not start with a purse, a pair of shoes, or an accessory? Here are some of my picks listed below.

Top: Aurelie Demel From Just One Eye  |   Bag: Paco Rabanne From Just One Eye  |  Jeans: RE/DUN

Photos: Gregory Tuomi

Hair: Rebecca Friedman

Location: These pictures were taken in Just One Eye