Spike Mee

The mood may well be pared down and minimal on the designer catwalks this fall 2012 but on the street the style savvy have tapped into a somewhat visually aggressive mood; studs, spikes and rivets are the order of the day and they arrive on pretty much everything!
 

Whether it’s a leather jacket coated in cone spikes or a bag adorned with diamond studs, punk rock hardware is clearly the embellishment of the moment here on the streets of London. It’s usually par for the course that trend-setters, such as those frequenting the likes of Fashion Week, move away from a trend that can be found across the high street but it seems this one is here to stay, well, for another season at least.

Fashion editors, journalists and bloggers were all toughening up their ensembles with a smattering of metal embellishment from the likes of Jeffrey Campbell. The Los-Angeles based family-owned brand merges inspiration from the catwalk to the street to create distinctive style-led footwear and accessories. Others following suit include Aldo, Zara and Top Shop with studs & spikes adorning collars, necklines, pockets, shoulders, hemlines and jewellery.
 

At the designer end of the scale the likes of Louboutin and Valentino take the ‘less is more’ approach with a smattering of studs and spikes on heels and accessories toughening up otherwise feminine silhouettes. Meanwhile, crafty types have been getting creative customising their own tees, leggings and jackets with various sized DIY Screwback cone spikes; the screwback variety are so easy to apply that you can get quite carried away. A word of warning however, while channelling your inner tough side be careful not to do yourself (or others) an injury!

—by JoJo Iles
 

This article was first published on www.localspotter.com

Photos: street and shop window shots by JoJo Iles; Valentino clutch courtesy of the Valentino website; Jeffrey Campbell heels courtesy of jeffreycampbellshoes.com; 2nd layout courtesy of Topshop.

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