Going Plastic: 2018’s Latest Fashion Evolution
It’s a parade of plastic on SS18’s hottest runways, but it isn’t just on the catwalks that you can enjoy these unusually unique PVC and Vinyl collections.
From fashion powerhouses like Kenzo and Chanel, to the likes of Topshop and Zara, this otherwise industrial material is the latest trend in town, with pieces from tote bags to trench coats featuring it in all its shiny, waterproof and glossy glory. While choices abound, we picked 5 so you can get in on the plastic hype.
Balmain Vinyl Trench Coat with Newspaper Print
Balmain gives the long trench coat an unusual twist with a transparent and black vinyl piece covered in newspaper print. Cut a svelte silhouette with the buckled belts around the waist and forearms adding a touch of chic urban practicality, or wear it open for insouciant alternative glamour. Either way, you’ll definitely be unleashing the fashionista in you with this number!
Chanel Transparent & White PVC High Boots
If you’re going to wrap your feet in plastic, make it Chanel. Clear from the top all the way to its 40mm heels, the only traces of colour are in the white heel counters and toe caps, retaining the fashion house’s simply elegant styling cues. Pair them with a dress or hot pants for maximum attention; these boots are definitely made for strutting.
Burberry Silk-lined Tartan Plastic A-line Skirt
Boldly playing on soft-touch plastic and silk, Burberry’s unique creation feels as comfortable as it looks. In a soothing mix of white with green checks, the skirt’s polyurethane construct gives it a soft flow and sense of lightness. Doll it up with a delicate white cotton top and Mary Janes or nude flats for that graceful finish.
Calvin Klein Plastic Metallic Floral Applique Overdress
In a clever combination of colours and materials, Calvin Klein’s plastic overdress is a succinct sartorial tribute to the essence of SS18. Sleeveless with both floral metallic applique and prints in white, green and maroon, it’s a dainty piece to enjoy the glorious weather in and looks great with bright heels. Throw on a jacket or cardigan if it should get chilly, it’s versatile enough to pull off, rain or shine.
Ellery Outlaw Crop Flare PVC Pants
Looking for something with a hip vintage appeal? Why not try Ellery’s Outlaw PVC pants. With cropped flare styling and toffee top stitching in glossy black patent PVC, this makes a good alternative to the usual bell bottom jeans for those who like it a little old-school, every now and then. Mix it up with leather boots or any footwear with pointed toes!
Image Credits: Balmain, Chanel, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Ellery