Precious Metal: The Season's Toughest Pants Go Heavy on the Hardware

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Its no big secret that we've been up to our chins in studs, buckles, laces, and every kind of bad-ass accoutrement you can think of for the past few seasons. But just when we thought the look had finally run out of steam, designers put an inventive spin on this die-hard trend, moving their embellishments down south to toughen up some legwear. From Phi's porcu-pants to Acne's trousers with built-in metal knee-pads, we're looking forward to shimmying into the latest incarnation of our guilty-pleasure trend this season.
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Above, from left: Christopher Kane for Topshop fall '10, image from Topshop; Phi spring '10, image from Style.com; Sass & Bide from spring '10, image from Frockwriter/
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Above, from left: Christopher Kane for Topshop fall '10, image from Topshop; Katie Eary fall '09, image from Das Haus; Acne Jeans from summer '10, image from Cyana Trendland.
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