An interesting adornment has been gracing the likes of jewelry and accessories - most notably here at Chanel's winter wonderland Fall presentation. In lightweight gold and silver, chain fringe is slightly rock n' roll, slightly ethereal and completely cool. For those of us who can't swing the Chanel that started it all, imitators are already in the works. You could always rock the trend via glitterati, for a subtle approach.
Think back to the phantasmagoria of awards season a few months back. You will notice that while the gowns and the actresses in the gowns were the main sights to see, the shoes and handbags got less attention. In most cases, ladies carry the exclusive minaudière - a fancier than fancy little evening bag - as to not distract from the glowing actress. Minaudières actually date back to the Roaring Twenties fashion scene, but it wasn't until 1963 when Judith Leiber affixed thousands of crystals onto a tarnished metal frame when they really took off.
Now these little stunners are going to be available for us common folk, at common prices, who don't have thousands to spend on a classic Judith Leiber one. Completely wedding appropriate, I would love to see someone clench one wearing a sleek tank and jeans - just for the hell of it!
Chain mail's days of being all tough and Mad Max-ish are over. This slick metal is proving it can be sophisticated and gentle - just look at those adorable white Steve Madden flats with a black chain mail toe (totally on sale, btw!). While it's been around the fashion block quite a few times, this time it's more wearable, but still delivers a bit of attitude.