According to designers, futuristic designs inspired by medieval periods are gaining appeal as a result of the increasing usage of technology in fashion and the modern consumer’s need to stand out.
Armourcore is one of the most recent trends defining fashion designers’ collections. Think medieval-inspired breastplates, chainmail materials, pointed shoulders, and silver sequins.
A model wearing a Jeanne d’Arc chrome-laminated bell-skirted suit of plated armour ended Balenciaga’s recent autumn-winter 2023 couture show, for example. Julien Dossena sent out models in combat boots, babushka headscarves studded with metal grommets, and bondage harnesses for Paco Rabanne’s spring-summer 2023 show.
Designers like Rudraksh Dwivedi and Alter-X have been showing fanciful, futuristic creations in India for quite some time.
“As AI (artificial intelligence) advances, we definitely see some obligation to have tech-integrated fashion.” However, I believe that the resurrection of this tendency is due to people desiring to hide their vulnerabilities from the rest of the world. For many people, how they dress is a practical way to influence how others view them. “This style of dressing conveys a sense of empowerment and strength, a kind of figurative armour if you will,” Dwivedi explains.
With a trend like armourcore, it’s easy to go crazy. “The best way to incorporate armourcore into your wardrobe is to invest in OTT separates that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion,” he continues.
There are various reasons for the trend’s growing popularity, according to designer Nupur Kanoi. “Artificial intelligence and 3D printing have enabled designers to experiment with new materials and details that emphasize the texture and strength of armour.” The confluence of technology and fashion has resulted in a visual and physical experience that connects with the current customer
“Global warming and its consequences have also prompted a reflection on historical periods of resilience.” In uncertain times, the symbolism of armour as protection correlates with security. The revival of armourcore beautifully translates this demand for power and solidity into the fashion realm.”
To embrace the armourcore trend, one should infuse their personal style and narrative into the trend.
“Inspired by historical armour motifs, incorporate modern silhouettes, fabrics, and embellishments.” Armour-inspired clothing has a strong and bold presence. “Complement this strength with contrasting elements like fluid fabrics or intricate jewelry,” explains Kanoi. “Try layering to simulate the layered nature of armour.” Extend the style beyond apparel to include accessories such as statement belts, cuffs, and boots. Look for simple silhouettes that highlight the strength of the armour elements.”
Alter-X designer Nitish Arora, who just released a collection of chain-embellished evening coats, proposes wearing a chainmail vest with a black jacket and slender black denims. “Finish off your look with slick back wet hair and a pair of black platform boots,” Arora recommends.