Vinyl Voodoo Latex Love
One of the trends that we loved from London fashion week (and which spilled over onto Milan and Paris too) was the appearance of fabrics that in theory shouldn’t be there – vinyl and latex to name but a few.
Meadham Kirchhoff and Pam Hogg images from vogue.co.uk
Shiny, trashy and not particularly breathable, vinyl is not a fabric that has gotten a whole lotta wear in years gone by, unless you’re a five year old sweating it out in a rainmac and wellies. However, apparently for AW13 it is the fabric du jour for designers with cojones. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology vinyl is a whole different animal in 2013, with designers able to select hole size to make it breathable and all sorts of options available from wafer thin, to puckered, to smocked.
Simone Rocha image from vogue.co.uk
Versace image from dazeddigital.com
It has the appeal of being waterproof, leather-like but free from concerns of animal cruelty, as well as being ever so slightly flashy at half the price of leather. At Meadham Kirchhoff it was ruffled and laser cut, at Versace it was sex shop chic, at Roksanda Ilincic it was tailored, at Pam Hogg it came as catsuits and at Simone Rocha it appeared as a rather fetching vinyl tortoiseshell skirt.
Burberry Prorsum image from vogue.co.uk
The latex love was overwhelming at Burberry Prorsum, where we were charmed by cute heart prints worn under such a surgical fabric that was sometimes nude, sometimes blush, sometimes plum - clinical and somehow so lustful. Felder Felder presented ribbed latex trenchcoats and high waisted trousers in a collection that also included plaited vinyl among a swathe of other textures.
Felder Felder image from vogue.co.uk
These might not be the most comfortable of fabrics to wear, but if you want to make an impression when you enter a room then whether you go for the high shine of vinyl or the sheer peek-a-boo of latex you’re definitely going to get yourself noticed.
Roksanda Ilincic image from vogue.co.uk