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Photography Jacques Habbah

Paco Rabanne AW13

Not so heavy metal: Lydia Maurer lightens up with chainmail daywear

Metal goes lightweight and into the day. That was Lydia Maurer’s intention. We all know what this fabled house is known for but Maurer wanted to bring a bit of subtlety into the maison where everything jingles, jangles and clangs. Chainmail looked like any other normal fabric on a short 'n' sweet shift dress and likewise, on a jumpsuit or a poloshirt. Everything in between had a bon chic bon genre vibe with neat military-inflected jackets and pinafore dresses phasing into strong leather trenchcoats and metallic knife pleated leather skirts. Thrift shop lace slip dresses were also rendered in delicately light black chainmail. Whereas everyone else has been thrashing out with heavy metal, Maurer took Paco Rabanne in a direction that means metal is good for anytime of the day.