Over the last several weeks, we have featured the fall 2009 look books from Man Vs Machine, Asuza, Jean//Phillip, Loewe, and Omar Kashoura. Each designer explores sheen and iridescent finishes through the use of leathers, plastics, nylons, polished cottons, and other synthetic blends.The most significant designer to recently showcase this trend is Gareth Pugh with his fall 2009 collection.
The picture from above comes from the voyeurs over at Street Peeper, who caught this trend full-force in London. Wowzer! PVC Trousers with matching Wellingtons. It takes a very confident fellow to pull those off, and he’s doing a great job. The look is fantastic! Gareth would be proud. I confess, it’s almost making me miss a pair of pleather trousers I had from Hot Topic. It was 1998 and I was going through a goth phase. Although, I think the look above is great, I wouldn’t advise taking on this trend by wrestling with a pair of PVC trousers. They’re extremely difficult to pull off!! (See what I did there) Here are few examples of less moist ways to explore this slick trend:
One thing I love about iridescent materials is that if used correctly it can crank up the elegance of a garment, as evidenced by this beautiful two button Rag & Bone suit and cummerbund trousers by Claude Grant.
With the upcoming season’s stark color palette, the addition of glossy textures will evoke a fetishistic and subversive attitude, sure to break up your look. This Damir Doma double layer Button down achieves that.
An easy and versatile way to mix shine into your wardrobe is through a great lightweight nylon jacket. This Petar Petrov parka can be worn at multiple lengths, and would pair well with casual and dressy looks.
Accessories can provide a subtle way to explore a trend. Take note of Matt and Nat’s vegan bag. Synthetic accessories with high shine are a great alternative to their leather counterparts. Cheaper and animal friendly!