Apr 14, 2012 01:55 PM EDT
Fashion is going all out in this season with everything plastic! Garments from short shorts, dresses, tunics, and even accessories can be seen with acrylic, vinyl and cellophane fabrics for the spring collections.
Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel did not hold back the plastic on the runways in Paris. Some of his looks seemed more elegant while others were intended for casual wear at the beach.
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Chanel is not the only big name going plastic. Balenciaga's Nicolas Ghesquière has some glamorous looks on the runway too. "They feature a unique celluloid material which was created specifically for Balenciaga-each sheet of celluloid has been finely cut to create the delicate fringe," Ghesquière said.
Maison Martin Margiela had models sport large plastic pieces, in the likes of dry cleaner covers, during a show. Even Marc Jacobs worked skirts in polyurethane and plastic footware and even flapper dresses in his spring collection. " [I] didn't want it to feel real," Jacobs told reporters.
Clearly, big designers have taken a like to this trend, but do consumers like the idea? In other words, will anyone ever buy a plastic garment?
Tomoko Ogura, fashion director at Barneys Co-op, agrees it could be a tough sell. However, he believes that there could be a way to make plastic clothes "a more commercial, salable piece."
"...They can develop it in another fabric," Ogura said. And yet, some pieces are going from the runway to the sales racks as is. Selections from Jacobs line can be found in stores already.
Suggestions of plastic clothing have been around since the 1960s. During this time of the Space Age, plastic in fashion was all the rage. Designers are almost certain that plastic is the style of the future and therefore, they have already begun incorporating these plastic and future-like modes into clothing today.
In the mean time, plastic will continue to grow on the runways and maybe soon they'll be more prominent on the racks.
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