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SS18 Trend Spotlight: Plastic Fantastic

  IMAGE: CHANEL / VOGUE.CO.UK

IMAGE: CHANEL / VOGUE.CO.UK

Fashion gets functional this season with plastic and vinyl adding a high-shine, wipe-clean finish to everything from outerwear and dresses to shoes and accessories this season.

Olivier Rousteing incorporated slick black vinyl into Balmain’s collection alongside clear PVC printed with black text while Chanel’s see-through hats, boots and capelets framed multiple looks. At Valentino the biker jacket got the plastic treatment paired with coordinating collar-cape hybrids.

Watch out for Topshop’s transparent rain mac dropping into stores and online soon, it ticks off two trends in one (The Trench and vinyl) and will give more than a little nod to Chanel SS18 when worn over checks and bouclé to keep spring showers at bay. Matching over-the-knee boots, optional.

 IMAGE: TOPSHOP

IMAGE: TOPSHOP

Style Tip: With any trend that feels like a step into the unknown, test the waters with an accessory rather than investing big. Perspex earrings or a vinyl tote bag will keep your look current without risking a fashion fail.

High street hit: Zara vinyl tote bag

 IMAGE: ZARA

IMAGE: ZARA