In the clear

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I’m feeling pretty nutty about transparent clothing these days. There’s an obvious sensuality to seeing a second layer of clothing underneath a completely transparent top layer. With very little or no pigment of its own, garments created from perspex, organza, and clear vinyl are the epitome of minimalist style. And on a beautiful day like today, there’s absolutely no reason to cover yourself in opaque materials.

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LFW Trend Watch: Vinyl

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L-R: Christopher Kane; Fyodor Golan; Christopher Kane

Every fashion week has seen strong vinyl looks this season, but none have been quite as expertly sleazy as London’s. Christopher Kane dominated with the majority of his matte nylon dresses contrasting subtly with ruched and baggy PVC overcoats. Disheveled models in slick vinyl skirt suits sauntered down a runway perfectly located in a deserted London office building. The cavernous space provided a sterile backdrop for beyond 9-5 dressing. At Fyodor Golan, the scene was decidedly after-hours, where severe head-to-toe vinyl outfits shone holographic in the spotlights. Set atop plush pink astroturf the carnal stylings juxtaposed a sense of pleasure and pain. In contrast, the a-line vinyl pieces at Erdem and the midi PVC circle skirts at Emilio de la Morena look as if they were made for the madam.

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