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Trend to try: From the medieval era to fashion runways? Chainmail pieces to own

When they say fashion looks from the past will make a comeback, they weren’t kidding. Statement tees from the 2000s became a hit again just recently thanks to Dior’s feminist tee and chokers from the 90s were a huge hit earlier this year. Another item from the past has made its way to runways, and it’s chainmail.

Technically, chainmail didn’t start out as a trend. It was invented during the medieval period as armour but is now used as a fashion statement piece. It became popular in 2002 when Paris Hilton wore it for her 21st birthday, followed by Kendall Jenner, then Michelle Obama — and who can forget the big supermodel reunion at Versace’s show. Supermodels: Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Carla Bruni, and Helena Christensen were dressed in glittering gold numbers.

Today, the pieces are are shiny, sparkling, lightweight, and flattering on figures. If you’re looking for a cute party outfit, this fabric could do just the trick, especially since big brands have been showcasing the material of late. Balmain, Paco Rabanne, Versace, and Gucci for instance worked the material into their Spring 2017 collection. Time to put your LBDs to rest, and let yourself shine in chainmail, literally.

Balmain Spring 2017 (Photo: Vogue)

 

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Jean Paul Gaultier's chainmail effect jacket

This vintage piece by Jean Paul Gaultier is a gold-tone metal jacket from the Spring/Summer 1991 collection. It features a gold-tone metal, collarless design with red and yellow checkered print on the trim.

Jean Paul Gaultier chainmail effect jacket, RM10,377

 

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JW Anderson's open-back chainmail gown

The light-reflecting chainmail is paneled around the waist, showcasing a perfect balance between fabric and chainmail for those after just a tiny bit of shininess.  It is also cut from black crepe with cap-effect sleeves.

JW Anderson open-back chainmail gown, RM9,302

3
Jimmy Choo's Chandra chainmail-paneled shoulder bag

This soft envelope-shaped clutch is made out of shimmer gold Lurex, with a silver chainmail panel that doubles as the clasp. It also comes with a discreet shoulder strap should you ever need to keep your hands free during events.

Jimmy Choo Chandra chainmail-paneled shoulder bag, RM3,166

4
Paco Rabanne's chainmail bandana choker

Chainmail accessories like this comes in handy for those who prefer not to go all out. This gold chainmail fits perfectly on the neck and can be worn from simple casual tees to fitting party dresses.

Paco Rabanne chainmail bandana choker, RM1,891

5
Fannie Schiavoni's metal mesh dress

The same brand behind Bella Hadid’s two piece chainmail outfit, this metal mesh dress features a fitted silhouette and draped chest line at the front.

Fannie Schiavoni metal mesh dress, RM7,870

Jolin Lee
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Unlike most modern-day millennials, Jolin does not need caffeine or alcohol to power through the day (and night). Her eye for beauty is as sharp as her eyeliner flick, and she can spot your unblended eye makeup from a mile away.