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How you can pull off the #PlasticFantastic trend

How you can pull off the #PlasticFantastic trend

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Text: Wei Yeen Loh


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Bring on the PVC, perspex and Lucite thanks to Spring/Summer'16's most popular and unexpected trend

If we're talking about a futuristic turn in the evolution of fashion trends, there's nothing as clear-cut (pardon the pun) as the use of plastic in terms of being one of the more surprising materials incorporated in the luxury fashion scene. Chanel's flight themed SS16 show had models strutting in vinyl, open-toed ankle boots, an element that harkened back to SS2010 when Miuccia Prada first gave us plastic on the runway in the form of Lucite heels with clear straps. In Loewe, Jonathan Anderson was enraptured with the idea of how plastic resembles a "second skin"—evident with plastic-encased legs, along with plenty of other clear accessories including a transparent Puzzle bag and Lucite-blocked heels. 

It's easy to go wrong (read: tacky) with this material especially since it's not popularly deemed to be within the echelons of handsewn leather or even intricate embroidery. Even so, plastic doesn't have to be confined to only rain-appropriate outerwear; you can find scores of heels trimmed in PVC or with Lucite heels that can add an edge to your outfit, and even PVC accessories that invoke a retro-slinging vibe. Here's how you can shop for and pull off this trend:

Go with something more unique instead of the requisite perspex clutch bags, such as Maison Margiela's black PVC and leather layered tote bag—the top handle and sizable space allows more room for functionality.

 

With the rainier weather in the late evenings of late, stay as dry as you can and twice as chic in Terra's Tribeca trench coat.

 

Easiest way to look classy? Wear a vintage 1997 Chanel lucite bracelet, featuring floating gold letters and the Chanel logo.

 

If lucite block heels aren't your thing, stay on trend with a sleek high-heeled sandal, especially this pair of cobalt blue Gianvito Rossi Natalie suede and PVC sandals.

 

Mary Katrantzou's Renzie damask-jacquard skirt is hemmed with PVC frills for an added touch of cool to its embroidered texture—perfect for those who enjoy this trend but prefer an understated option.

 

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