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fashion-and-trends Updated: Jan 02, 2011 01:39 IST

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Who said chains, rivets, studs and silver detailing were meant for rock and hip-hop lovers alone? Women are spunking it up with a heavy metal look on their bags and shoes this season!

“Heavy metal detailing like chains, studs, rivets and zippers add an edge to the look and keep one looking tough and so trendy. The rock star-inspired look is the current highlight of the season,” says Manoj Chandra of Bata India Limited.
Often, a zipper, two layers of rivets, or multiple chains and studs in square and round shapes are used to make the accessories a style statement.

bagsDelhi-based shoe designer Swati Mehrotra said that the punk look rocked the fashion runways last season, but the trend came to the Indian streets only this year.

Gold, copper, black or silver metal elements, international high street fashion labels such as Zara, Forever 21, Mango and Guess have them all on bags and shoes.

“Today, customers are well travelled, well informed about the latest trends” said Chandra.

Devanshi Sehgal, 24 says, “I swear by my Guess bags! They are a little expensive, but they are so trendy. The dash of metal in them makes them look dressy yet not into the face.”

Nevertheless, Mehrotra said that apart from adding the aesthetic value, these metallic details could serve as functional elements in shoes too.

The best bit is the price. The shoes and bags can cost as low as Rs 200 at a street shop, and can range anything around Rs 1,500-Rs 2,500 at well-known stores. However, be prepared to shell out more for high rise boots.