Whether it lends the look sex-appeal, shock-value, or just a touch of edginess, celebrities have been donning dresses with hardware details as embellishment, providing peek-a-boo cut-outs, slits, or just a harder finish. Try this trend in smaller doses to contrast hard and soft, feminine pieces and tough details.
Above: Gisele Bundchen rocks her hardware at the 2013 Met Gala, appropriately dressed for the "Punk: Chaos to Couture" theme, while carefuly skirting the line between daring and an accidental exposure.
Most recently, Eva Longoria stepping out in Cannes for the 2015 film festival, in a ladylike Versace dress with metal hardware details that make the all-white look a little less vanilla. Below are celebrities who pushed this trend to the limit.
Original inspiration: Liz Hurley (with Hugh Grant) in Versace at the Four Weddings and a Funeral Premiere in 1994, landing in the red carpet dress hall of fame.
Kristen Stewart in Balmain at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards, looking awkward as always but dressed to kill.
Kate Moss stepping out in London in Moschino Cheap & Chic in 2012, proving you can look cool at any age (if you were once a supermodel).
At the 2011 Scream 4 premiere, Anna Paquin wore Cushnie et Ochs in an otherwise demure look with a surprising peak of midriff, held together with hardware.
And finally, never afraid to bare some (or a lot of) skin, Jennifer Lopez recently posted this instagram, showcasing her infamous curves in a Pucci dress with a Versace-esque twist.