Plastic Fantastic: Get this season’s hottest vinyl trend
The surprising hit of the runway was the integration of wipe clean, vinyl fabrics into high end designer shows.
Rubberised and plastic materials were worked into chic and feminine silhouettes at the likes of Calvin Klein, Chanel, Valentino and Balenciaga, where they became sleek suiting and pencil dresses.
This fantastically plastic trend covered everything from knee high boots to trench coats and dresses.
Here we pick our favourite pieces from the high street and show you how to wear the trend with a vintage twist.
Catwalk Trend: Plastic coated trench coats are big for S/S’18
Plastic trench coats were big news on the catwalk for SS18.
Naturally the rubberised texture makes this style great for early Spring showers.
While any high street stores opted for black or see through options, this sugar pink plastic trench from ASOS is a more feminine way to wear the trend.
Paired with a pencil skirt in fashion forward gingham, from Marks and Spencer, this look gives the trend a vintage twist.
Model wears: Pink coat, £90, Asos; Cardigan, £80, Boden; Skirt, £39.50, Marks and Spencer; Shoes, £22.99, Lamoda; Earrings, £15, Simply Be
Catwalk Trend: try plastic accessories
Plastic accessories are an easy way to buy into the look.
Look for quick and cost effective high street purchases such as a iridescent plastic tote, or plastic boots.
These fun accessories will help you give a nod to the trend without a huge investment purchase.
We kept the retro feel by going for ultra feminine silhouettes such as this beautiful pink block colour dress from Jasper Conran’s range at Debenhams.
Check coat, £65, Asos; Dress, £65, J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams; Shoes, £23.99, Lamoda; Bag, £17.99, New Look; Earrings, £12, Simply Be
Catwalk Trend: team a vinyl skirt with on trend faux fur
More designers than ever before are playing with latex for their catwalk collections.
The soft and supple fabric can drape easily and of course hugs curves.
The high street vinyl versions make for great pencil skirts.
This high shine pink skirt from Boohoo with front zip detailing is a great way to try the trend.
We’ve ensured this look retains its glamour with this beautiful River Island, faux fur jacket.
Model wears: Jacket, £120, River Island; Top, £55, Precis Petite; Skirt, £10, Boohoo; Shoes, £27.99; earrings, £5.99, both New Look
Catwalk Trend: Look for rubberised fabrics
While brands were quick to trial vinyl trousers, they are definitely a trend for the brave.
Looking to dip your toe into plastic fantastic?
Then try these rubberised trousers.
In a soft pink and tailored cut they’re a very chic option.
Teamed with a perspex heel and a pretty pussy bow blouse for a perfect day outfit.
Model wears: Blouse, £20,10store; Trousers, £14, Boohoo; Bag, £15.99, New Look; Shoes, £21.99, Lamoda; Earrings, £8, River Island
Catwalk Trend: Mix plastic with softer pieces
The vinyl trend can be seen as a little feisty.
Keep colours soft and within a pastel palette to make this look pretty rather than punky.
Pair plastic coated pieces with softer items, like this fluffy Marks and Spencer’s jumper to add a more relaxed vibe.
We love this thigh skimming skirt from Boohoo which looks far more expensive than it’s actual £20 retail cost.
Model wears: Jumper, £76, Marks and Spencer; Skirt, £20, Boohoo; Boots, £55, V by Very; Bag, £15.99, New Look; Earrings, £13, River Island; Ring, £80; necklace, £70, both Lola Rose
Catwalk Trend: Try mixing matte with metallic
While matte plastic fabrics have been reproduced across the high street, don’t discount metallic versions for Spring.
Make metallics for day by teaming a sleeveless top over a cosy roll neck – perfect for early Spring weather.
This peplum, metallic pink top is perfect for adding a touch of shimmer to a daytime outfit. Team with a pencil skirt to highlight your waist and lengthen legs.
Model wears: Top, £18; skirt, £18, both Missguided; Roll neck, £39, Kettlewell Colours; Shoes, £75, Hotter; Earrings, £8, Simply Be; Watch, £135, Ted Baker
Whatever you do this season, keep fantastic in plastic.
Stylist: Rivkie Baum
Photographer: Jay McLaughlin
Hair and Makeup: Danni Hooker using Bobbi Brown and Kevin Murphy
Fashion Assistant: Abby McHale
Model: Verity at Milk
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Stockists: (m) denotes mail order
10store – 10store.com (m)
ASOS – 020 7756 1000, asos.com (m)
Boden – 0330 333 0000, boden.co.uk (m)
Boohoo – 0161 237 7701, boohoo.com (m)
Debenhams – 0344 561 6161, debenhams.com (m)
Hotter – hotter.com (m)
Kettlewell Colours – 01460 279800, kettlewellcolours.co.uk (m)
Lamoda – lamoda.co.uk (m)
Lola Rose – 020 7372 0777, lolarose.co.uk (m)
Marks & Spencer – 0333 014 8000, marksandspencer.com (m)
Missguided – missguided.co.uk (m)
New Look – 0344 499 6690, newlook.com (m)
Precis Petite – précis.co.uk (m)
Primark – 0118 960 6300, primark.com
Oasis – oasis-stores.com (m)
River Island – 03445 766 444, riverisland.com (m)
Simply Be – 0871 231 5000, simplybe.co.uk (m)
Ted Baker – 0345 450 2484, tedbaker.com (m)
Very – 0344 822 2321, very.co.uk (m)