Testing Your Metal

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You know-

it’s occurred to me that anyone just happening upon my blog recently might easily mistake it for a travel blog-

 au contraire!

My intention still remains for “Slim Paley” to be about a little bit of everything-God forbid I stick with one thing :)

it’s just the way things have played out this year, I’ve been doing considerably more traveling than is usually the case.

So, I’m taking a break from travel chat for a moment and without any further ado-

Presenting a post on the myriad of metals and shiny surfaces in the worlds of fashion, art and interior design

I’ve come across in my, er… recent travels.

Reflect on these, if you will;

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Heavy metals figured predominately in Alexander McQueen’s Fall collection

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The juxtaposition  of metal & ultra luxe fabrics manipulated in magical ways was a visual feast.

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Versace dress, Robert Lee Morris necklace and cuffs, sterling silver glove by Shaun Leane for Daphne Guinness

Granted, probably not something you’d wear to a dinner party or a first date (unless it was, like, Match.com and you weren’t feeling too hopeful…)

But  never underestimate the trickle down effect of what you see on the runways hitting the streets the following season.

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Metallic jeans might still be a bit bold

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But who amongst us hasn’t wished for instant Buns of Steel??!

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I’d settle for heels of steel if I knew who made these.

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The metal look tends to read very futuristic

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Moschino Winter 2012-2013

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Naturally, the incomparable Tom Ford does it to perfection

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Paco Rabanne

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Even if you’re Boho to the bone, there are ways to create  metal allure

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Jenny Packham Spring 2013.

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Judith Leiber cocktail clutch

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If you’re not warming to the idea of cool metal against your skin (excluding jewelry of course!)  perhaps you’d prefer it on the wall?

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Anish Kapoor

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and you know the eternal question…

Does this art make us look fat?!

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I feel badly that I’ve lost the credit for these but I know someone will have them.

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 Guggenheim, Spain

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I visited Versailles this summer and saw some of Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos’ installations, including this pair of high heels made entirely of  saucepans!  Vasconcelos is the first woman to ever exhibit in the Palace of Versailles, France.

woops-I forgot I wasn’t talking about travel in this post.

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Guiseppe Zanotti shoes

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Whiting & Davis metal mesh cushions & lamp

Azzaro bag

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 Both metal mesh fabrics by Whiting & Davis 

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Chemetal metal laminate (link just below)

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It’s gorgeous in the bathroom

(don’t you love the black stick towel holder beside the gleaming metal surface?)

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Zing!.

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Chemetal metal laminates

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Cool in this kitchen

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Bright silver, two tones of wood, rich copper and touch of delft- someone’s having fun here!

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Slim Paley photo

In my kitchen in Sun Valley I also chose pressed silver tiles to brighten up all the reclaimed wood and dark stone counters.

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A nice example of darker metal and rugged stone 

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and an interesting dialogue between hard metal and soft stacked wood in this modern home.

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Lastly, a short video on a true master of  metal

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Maria Pergay

(please allow the video a minute to load)

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Ciao!

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34 thoughts on “Testing Your Metal

  1. (gasp) Now I want to get rid of every single thing I own and start all over again. So clean and soothing.

    • I recently contacted the manufacturer and he is apparently out of business due to a bad divorce!! That was a few months ago so maybe he has reconciled and is back in business now…

    • Let’s hope! The tiles were “German Silver Briquettes” veneered on 3 sides and top. Manufactured by The Steve Charles Co. London, England.

  2. Me too. I want to move out of my neo-Gothic Victorian house and start again.Maybe that is a bit of an extreme reaction – but could you tone it down a little Slim? You are messing with my head. One consolation — I have the Paco Rabanne metal bag :)

  3. Love the metal everywhere, especially the kitchen! And I will totally do the metallic jeans when I wake up and find myself to be Karlie Kloss. I just need to have patience. ;)

    As for the fab booties, I swear I see a Chanel logo on the zipper tab and the “quilted” metal makes me think they are Chanel. (And can we discuss how she can walk without the zippers being pulled up? Maybe not very far? That is quite a gusset behind the zipper. Anyway…)

    Happy Shining and Shopping!

    xx

  4. YESSS! See…now my (2 year old) spray painted vintage metallic bronze front door will become the “norm.” :) I’m having such fun “gilding” accesories copper around our place…my husband stopped me at the leaves hanging over the deck…. franki

  5. Some scary visions you’ve brought us here Slim. I’m not a huge fan of wearing metal, unless it has jewels attached, but the Tom Ford dress is fabulous! Love the bathtub and the shoes made from sauce pots proves there is genius everywhere.

  6. Not a metal fan except for the accent use in your SV kitchen…oh, and the Tom Ford dress…and the bathtub. Maybe I need to rethink shine. Nice to see ‘Slim Paley’ in my inbox!

  7. By the quilting on those little Shoe-booties I would say you might find them at Dior or Chanel. Love this post! I am in to Heavy Metal. A little Metallica in my head to go along with this post.

  8. Spectacular bright and shininess! Love your stove and surround in SV {especially the reclaimed wood hood…fabulous}. Also loved the stacked wood and the metal surrounds, wonderful contrast.

  9. There are so many talented people out there . I agree Tom’s the greatest. I loved the styling in “A Single Man”

  10. As if anything, including art, could ever make you look fat! Great post! Love those saucy high heels – must have been so fun to see in person! Glad you’re back and posting…

  11. My daughter and I saw the Versailles exhibit this fall. The modern pieces were like nails on a chalkboard to me. I kept hearing the little song in my head, “What does not belong?”

  12. HI SLIM, you’re blog is amazing and inspired and i love it! could you tell me about your pressed silver tiles? … where did you find these beauties? thank you and thank you. ~p

  13. Having always suffered with electric shocks from static build up, I don’t think I will be rushing out to buy any of the couture! But some of the home decor and art pieces look stunning even to a traditionalist like me! I am always drawn to mercury glass, galvanised metal and hammered silver (amongst other things) and some of these pieces have similar appeal somehow. Fab post!

  14. fab post! the saucepan shoes are so cool, and the Tom Ford dress is beautiful .

    Cute photos of you in the palace!

  15. Hiya Slim! Tony Bianco shoes, says google image search… i bet you can DIY them 10x more interestingly.

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