We’re edging away from plastic straws but moving towards plastic high fashion. Remember the quirky sunglasses that left us wondering if they were really made for sun protection? Or the RM2,400 Celine plastic bag that made the headlines recently? Fashion items made using PVC or clear plastic are slowly creeping their way into becoming one of the biggest fashion trends in 2018.
Topshop’s see-through jeans were the first of many fashion pieces that first surfaced in mid-2017 — leaving consumers unpleasantly surprised. Although they eventually sold out, Topshop’s game-changing trend had many people questioning its relevance. Not too long after, the see-through trend returned (again) with the Celine ‘plastic bag’.
During Chanel‘s Spring 2018 debut, most of the items worn by the models were also highlighting clear plastic. Hats, capped ponchos, bags and the see-through boots with the brand’s signature cap-toe crawled their way to the top as the most talked about fashion items of the season.
Just last month, Rimowa broke the internet when they released the completely see-through luggage. The Rimowa x Off-White collaboration witnessed transparent polycarbonate carry-on suitcases that had nothing to hide. Fashion satirists would probably be laughing over the notion of a suitcase – now absolutely exposed and defeating its conventional purpose.
The use of PVC or clear plastic in fashion is undeniably working its way up as a rising trend. It may be for the strangest reasons that this rising movement is taking over our daily life. But to be able to expose everything — with no signs of disguise — is a daring, bold and assured statement that the industry wants to send across to its consumers.
Life in plastic? Maybe not that fantastic, but these luminous objects of desire promise a sensational edge to your posts on social media. Or perhaps this movement is just another temporary #doitforthegram disposition.