Shine On

images scanned from gap press, l'officiel; balenciaga photos: getty images

At Paris Fashion Week, Nicolas Ghesquiére debuted a collection aimed at making everything — fabric, cut, mentality — "light," says Cathy Horyn in a New York Times Review. Ghesquiére described the show as "minimal, very austere, strict but sensual," to the International Herald Tribune. Laser-slit skirts, shoes accented with rubbery latex and thick wool crepes carried the modern cocktail dress-look. While the patent leather and latex fabrics were new in Balenciaga pieces, the use of patent leather and synthetic fabrics is a trend only transcending and diversifying.

photo source: getty images

Just last month, the gleam of Miuccia Prada's men's fall-winter collection was no eyesore. Shine was not incorporated in just boots and pieces but entire suits. The collection that Tim Blanks of style.com describes as ignoring all traditional masculinity concepts, comes with different colored patent leather boots and shimmering mini-tutus. Yeah, "tutus." 

The use of synthetic fabrics has trickled down a shine trend; moving away from the hard metallic sheen of past seasons, pieces made of light nylon, plastic and latex are a whole new kind of flashy. Patent leather and liquid-latex dresses may hit a pricey end but nylons and plastics won't have to. 


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