The Sixties are back on the catwalk with lots and lots of PVC, as demonstrated by Marni and Emilio Pucci
PVC or vinyl is one of the few materials that are able to recall a specific period of fashion of the 20th century: the fabulous Sixties. Years in which the world focused on the future and everything new, for example synthetic fabrics and their easy and fun use in clothing. The emblem of this era is the 100% black PVC trench coat, with its typical wet-look, created in 1963 by Mary Quant (the creator of the miniskirt, another symbol), complete with accessories such as boots and a hat of the same material. For autumn-winter 2012/13 the wet-look is reinterpreted on the Milanese runways of Marni and Emilio Pucci.
Consuelo Castiglioni for Marni it incorporates the same details and clean, straight shapes of the sixties in its trench-vest, thus giving space to the reflections of the black patent surface. The combination that completes the look is the slim Capri-length trousers, a fur collar and Mary Jane revisited and worn with ironic white socks.
The Peter Dundas collection for Emilio Pucci it is as always extremely sexy and feminine, but this time it is also inspired by the 60ties youth culture, which has produced iconic models with teenage characteristics, such as Twiggy and Penelope Tree. The straight mini coat is made in naplak (a type of paint with a cracked effect) and is enriched with fur inserts on the collar and pockets, which make it not only youthful but also luxurious.
Two proposals for overcoats inspired by the wet look of synthetic materials of the sixties.
Diana Marian Murek is the author of the blog intothefashion.com.