The 1960s featured a number of diverse trends made up of unique and innovative materials.The futuristic styles of the 60s included pieces made out of nylon, corfam, orlon, spandex, and the most questionable of all- plastic. Some pre-fall 2018 pieces that were seen on the runway were partially influenced by the creativity that existed in this era. A number of designer brands stood out from the rest by incorporating some distinctive synthetic pieces that significantly contributed to the success of their collection.
Raf Simons went in a more vintage direction by choosing colors from Calvin Klein’s archives for the collection. Various coats were made statements by such colors but were sealed within layers of clear plastic covers to insinuate the timelessness of each design.
Although inspired by ancient Grecian culture, Chanel used a sense of futurism in their 2018 resort collection as well. It is hard to imagine a Greek goddess lounging poolside wearing gold strappy heels, a one-piece swimsuit, and layers of blingy jewelry on, and Chanel’s imagination went even further by pairing that look with an embroidered, transparent plastic cloak on top of it all. This look combines history and future all into one in a nothing but elegant fashion.
Fashion is all about respecting the old and embracing the new, and that is exactly what upcoming designer Tiko Nebieridze provides in his 2017-2018 fall/winter collection. His use of classic colors and shapes is easy to visually comprehend but he brings a fresh and young feel to the collection by associating clear plastic materials as well.
A classic brand that was once available to all fashion lovers in Paris was that of Emilio Pucci. His accessories were especially loved my many due to their acid colors that added a vibrant pop to any outfit. New creative director, Massimo Giorgetti, took this color scheme from the archives and ran with it. Creating looks that paired these statement colors with vintage geometric prints, Giorgetti also incorporated embroidered, clear, plastic coats over some of the outfits to ensure that the color is seen through the outerwear.
A few more places that we can find hints of plastic on the runway is within the Tory Burch and Mui Mui fall collections. Both designers used the idea of plastic by creating similar coats that made subtle statements over the obvious ones. Although both brands had a vintage mid-1900s direction in mind, Mui Mui relied on a glamorous theme while Tory Burch consisted of a more feminine business casual feel.
I think that this idea of a clear artificial material layered over a look that restores the elegant tradition of our past is an influential way to embrace the past and future of fashion all at the same time.