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Runway Alert: High Shine Metallics

Y2K fashion is in full effect for a second time.

The futuristic, high shine looks made famous by the likes P. Diddy and his Bad Boys crew, Justin Timberlake and his ’N Sync band members and the stage costumes worn by everyone from Destiny’s Child to Britney Spears in the late ’90s, are back. However, this time the runway is the stage.

For Fall ’19, men’s and women’s designers are downplaying liquid metallic with the coolness of denim and streetwear staples.

Palm Angels dabbled in metallic coated denim with a pair of cropped jeans with a slight kick flare. The jeans—paired with a utilitarian take on a blazer—fit right in with the brand’s Fall ’19 line-up of patchwork satin trousers, bomber jackets and leggings with a gold chain print.

Brazilian denim brand John John made its New York Fashion Week debut with a line-up of blue and red foil Trucker jackets and skinny jeans. Frayed hems and distressed details added an element of wearability to the otherwise bold looks.

Metallic finishes were magnified across outerwear for the new season. Metallic bronze leather added warmness to Feng Chen Wang’s shearling coat. Emporio Armani found inspiration from wildlife and the concrete jungle in a collection that included frosted silver leather moto jackets.

Boxy gold trucker jackets were part of Private Policy’s statement on wealth. The New York City-based men’s wear brand also stuffed dollar bills into the hoods of jackets and collars of shirts, and featured dollar sign pendants throughout.

Meanwhile, crinkled silver metallic added a futuristic vibe to Virgil Abloh’s men’s wear collection for Louis Vuitton.