Past, present, and future collide in a season filled with precious-metal finishes.
Any silhouette—from a winged goddess to wired headphones—can transform when dipped in precious metal, alchemically turning the everyday into the eternal. Valdé Beauty did just that to the humble lipstick case, crafting its version from a zinc alloy coated in liquid gold. Its shape was designed to evoke the power of women, explains founder Margarita Arriagada. Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian, acting as curator and muse, convinced Dolce & Gabbana to open its archives this season, inspiring pieces like a clingy, ’50s-siren-meets-’90s diva wiggle dress. Another shiny ’90s stalwart? Jeff Koons’ Balloon Dog, to which sly homage is paid in JW Anderson’s Mylar-like twist on his Twister Bag. Coperni threw back to a more recent era, immortalizing wired headphones in sculptural jewelry, and it doesn’t get more current than the curve of a Pīferi pump. “I love a classic reimagined,” says founder and creative director Alfredo Piferi. “I wanted a light-catching 24K gold hue. It’s our golden hour!”—Rosie Jarman, fashion associate
Chunky gems such as lapis lazuli, coral, and tiger’s-eye offer distinctly ’70s glamour. We asked the designers behind the baubles to share some of the backstory.