It seems like only yesterday we were taking pictures of our pastel pink Glossier hauls on rose gold iPhones for ‘the gram’. Coined “millennial pink” by fashion journalist Véronique Hyland for The Cut in 2016, the colour dominated the mid-10s. It was the colour of the girlboss—ironic, considering the stereotypes of weakness and “girliness” associated with pink which millennials will have grown up with. Going from cool to cringe, have we become oversaturated by the shade? Gen Z says yes!
In a post-COVID pandemic era of dopamine dressing, gen Zers needed a colour that channels opulence in their return to the big wide world. Valentino made us ponder over its viral PP pink, as celebrities took to every red carpet in the shade after the brand’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli dedicated an entire collection to the vibrant tint.
After much deliberation, gen Z eventually settled on silver. The metallic quality allows for a more realistic response to light behind a screen, leading to success in the virtual world. How did this translate to IRL?
Flashes of silver have been emerging all over the fashion scene as we look towards trends of futurism in a revival of the space age. In 2022, Glenn Martens sent metallic denim and oversized metal hardware down the Diesel runway. By summer, the trend broke into the beauty sphere with Hailey Bieber’s viral pearly chrome nails. It was in turn closely followed by up-and-coming designer, Natalia Fedner, who created a series of intricate metal chainmail looks for Beyoncé and Kylie Jenner.
In the mood to have a go at it? Check out our round-up of all things silver:
Despite the latest rumours, Hailey Bieber once had world domination at her fingertips. Chrome nails were all the rage over summer 2022—and still are. Diesel took the trend one step further with all-over body makeup on the runway.
Glued to almost every influencer’s head, Apple’s AirPods Max are central to our day-to-day fits. In a nod to maximalism, their slick, oversized design makes a celebration out of technological advances. They’ve already caught the eyes of celebs including Dua Lipa and Sarah Jessica Parker. The AirPods Max are a great statement accessory that can be customised in a variety of ways too, as TikTok proves time and time again.
As it turns out, silver can be dressed down too. At Copenhagen Fashion Week which took place in February 2023, Scandi-favourite GANNI made a case for silver denim by giving rough and ready jeans a mesmerising shimmer. Shortly after, TikTok became inundated with DIY tutorials on how to give old jeans a foiled-up makeover. If that’s too much work for you, keep things simple and head to the high street.
Leading the sustainability revolution, gen Z is all for recycled fabrics. Emerging Australian brand Published By make its bags from scrap metal and plastic. Fun fact: they’re also produced by the same technology used by car and aeroplane manufacturers. The bags may weigh a tonne—not to mention their hefty price tag—but Published By is transparent about its sustainability initiatives. “There’s a lot of greenwashing in the industry, we’re not claiming we’re perfect, but we don’t overproduce,” co-founder, Ruby Wallen, told Hypebeast.
Leather has a natural sheen to it, making it the ideal fabric to show off your silver. Prada tackled two trends at once with its metallic kitten heels, and Stradivarius does a great dupe. Nike, meanwhile, gave us a more practical (and cheaper) alternative revisiting the Pegasus 2006 for its newly released P-6000.
Silver isn’t just for your wardrobe, it also has a place throughout the home.Try disco balls to create fun, natural light shows that moths dream of. Interior designers have created the icon of the 60s disco in virtually every form. From mirrors to candle holders, now, there’s no need to leave the house to experience the club.
Ballet has pirouetted back to the fashion world’s centre stage. Pale pink leg warmers, satin ballet slippers and dusty grey trousers are just a few staple pieces you’ve probably seen so far this season, signalling the shift from grunge to graceful. With balletcore being the easy, breezy it girl style as of late, it’s no surprise that Bella Hadid has been the poster girl for the trend.
Luckily, even if you aren’t a former dancer (or an off-duty model), you can embrace the trend too. It’s surprisingly more versatile and comfy than you might think. Ready to infuse your wardrobe with French girl flair, or maybe just want an outfit you can (attempt to) plié in? We’ve got you covered. Below, shop similar pieces from Miss Bella’s ballet-inspired wardrobe.
Can’t get enough of monochrome ensembles? Then you’ll love this balletcore outfit sported by the youngest Hadid sister. Simply pair baggy workwear trousers (pro tip: size up so you can roll the waist) with a sweet lace-detailed tank top and a simple short-sleeve bolero. Oh, and don’t forget to complete your look with classic black loafers and a can of Kin Euphorics, of course.
Balletcore doesn’t always have to mean leotards and tights à la the no-pants trend. Want to look chic while still feeling comfy? Take a note from Hadid’s slouchy ensemble. She styles the simple Wardrobe.NYC X Hailey Bieber sweatsuit with a matching headband, and adds a touch of personality through her accessories (hello, bedazzled sunglasses and tie-dye Chanel messenger bag).
The true star of this ballet-inspired look though has to be the pink satin flats which peak out under her sweats. Don’t want to splash out on this exact co-ord? Opt for an equally minimalist set from Arket for a fraction of the cost.
Going for a more refined outfit, as opposed to the slightly rougher ballet grunge? This next ensemble from Miss Hadid hits all the right notes. The model pairs this striped boatneck dress (vintage Chanel, of course) with simple white leg warmers and a pair of blue Miu Miu kitten heels. Looking this cute doesn’t have to cost a small fortune though. Instead, shop our more affordable picks below to achieve the same ‘je ne sais quoi’ without hurting your purse.
Next up, we have a quintessential balletsleaze look you’re sure to have heart eyes for. As Miss Bella demonstrates, this outfit is comfy enough to catch a flight in, but it could also easily double for your Sunday morning pilates class, or for simply lounging around at home. Get the look by throwing on a matching tank top and leggings set, your favourite oversized zip-up hoodie and a beanie. Then finish it off with leg warmers and ballet flats for a touch of off-duty ballerina flair.
And finally, want to add a pop of colour to your balletcore fit? Follow Hadid’s lead. Here, the supermodel wears a cropped cardigan, a purple baby tee (with matching slouchy socks), a red corduroy midi skirt, all complemented by a stunning set of white satin ballet pumps. Make the look your own by incorporating your favourite textures and hues. And, then, to complete the ensemble, balance out the outfit with a neutral statement piece.