Monday, June 4, 2012

Plastics Influence Fashion and Home for A/W 13-14

In Fashion we see a kind of retro spirit that is accompanied by a return to that which is familiar but different. With this we see Plastics in many forms from molded plastics to PVC materials to LCD fabrics created from plastics. Close-up Interiors features an article about the Belgian interior designer: “Light-weaving by Luc Druez for LCD Textiles” and “Systems based on plastics that react to temperature changes…currently being researched by the Fraunhofer Institute” for example wallpapers that change color by touch.

Plastics started to be used for Spring/Summer 13 and continue to be used for fabrics to give them an iridescent quality with changing hues, reflective and fluorescent finishes and are worked into trims like buttons and sequins to offer new shapes as well as allowing color to take on new appearances (see page 110-111 VIEW 2 Entice issue.)

Accessories feature plastics from eyewear to handbags and footwear to headwear such as Walter Van Beirendonck’s bowler hat (page 60 Close-up Mens Bags & Accessories A/W 12-13.) In addition, we see jewelry in Plexiglas from designers like Jesus Lorenzo, Nicholas King and Caco Design amongst many others (Close-up Bijoux A/W 12-13.)

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