3 Ways to Wear Vinyl This Season
ICYMI, Vinyl is a big trend for AW17. Seen both on and off the runways, high-shine texture made a big impact. There’s something about vinyl that feels taboo and slightly anti-establishment - maybe it’s the association with the rebellious 70s punks and BDSM fashion. The beret, in keeping with the anti-establishment theme of the vinyl trench, pays homage to the beatniks of the 1950s (the booties were my own personal rebellion against my boring but beloved black boots).
Now the beatniks weren’t quite as anti-conformist as the punks, but they felt a similar disillusionment and disorientation from mainstream society. Maybe my outfit, the general resurgence in styles associated with rebellious subcultures of years past and politically conscious fashion is a metaphor for my generation’s current plight.
Back to the fashion. If sticking it to the proverbial man via historical style references isn’t your thing, there are many incarnations of the vinyl trend to suit a variety of personal styles.
Chloé kept it cute by reworking the iconic 70s pussybow blouse with a playfully subversive vinyl pinafore dress. This look is perfect for a less severe take on the trend.
Fendi preferred a subtle is sexy, portraying a more grown up take on the vinyl trend. By punctuating floaty feminine dresses and midi-lengths with a vinyl thigh high boot, Fendi contrasted the style of the era’s rebellious protagonists with their glamourous and classy counterparts; a style that is perfect for those who prefer a more classic style but still want to experiment with the trend. This red vinyl midi-skirt and thigh high combo is an absolute killer but the hi-shine midi can easily be switched out for a less lustrous version to a similar effect.