In 2001, while flipping through a magazine, I came across an Hedi Slimane for Dior Homme ad. I remember it to this day solely because of the belt. It’s a belt that I look for in every store I’ve walked into since coming across that campaign over a decade ago. It was a thin, modest, and edgy band of gauzy chainmail. I still think about it. Christopher Kane is another chainmail fan. He has played with it in all its many forms, linked and fringed, in both his eponymous line and alongside Donatella Versace at Versus. Donatella herself has continued to harness chainmail into the very DNA of Versace, turning it from an habitual flounce into a full-blown house code. This past Fall ’13 season gave us a new narrative on the material—it started to look romantic. Mixed with boucle on an open-back top at Proenza Schouler, the effect was strong and beautiful in equal measures. One should take note.