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Fall fashion 2011: How to wear plastic

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Fall fashion 2011: How to wear plastic

[caption id="attachment_5631" align="aligncenter" width="383" caption="Proenza Schouler, Fall 2011-12"] [/caption] ELLE Canada fashion editors have curated the fall/winter 2011 runway standouts to give you our comprehensive Fall Fashion Trends Report. Although we're loving a lot of looks (Lady! Sequins! Patchwork!) one particular movement has all of us yearning for the new season in a big, big way: Plastic-coated fabrics. Anthony Mitropoulos, ELLE's assistant to the editor-in-chief, fashion shares his tips on how to make the look work for us.

[caption id="attachment_5639" align="aligncenter" width="409" caption="Prada, Fall 2011-12"][/caption]

How did this trend start? With the current '60s mood, plastic-coated fabrics are making a comeback. They imitate leather and snake so well in super-matte or ultra-glossy finishes that you actually wonder "Is this real?" We just love, love, love the black versions, but it's hard to ignore in burgundy, green and even orange, as seen at Prada. What are the coolest fabrics? Vinyl and neoprene are the new trippy tech materials. How are these fabrics used in designing? Jean Paul Gaultier gave coats a mash-up of wool and vinyl, Marc Jacobs turned a kinky cheek with a dot-print rubber motifs (some even resembling iridescent fish scales) and Riccardo Tisci played the cool cat with lacquered varsity jackets at Givenchy. Who did it best? Yves Saint Laurent, Proenza Schouler, Fendi, Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs. Love the look? Be inspired by even more spectacular trends here.
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Fall fashion 2011: How to wear plastic