‘I suffered in silence’: Lorraine Keane opens up about experiencing perimenopause in her late thirties
‘I suffered in silence’: Lorraine Keane opens up about experiencing perimenopause in her late thirties

Shayna Sappington

Words to live by: Life advice from every age, eight to 80
Words to live by: Life advice from every age, eight to 80

Sophie White

Everything to know about face yoga and how to do it right
Everything to know about face yoga and how to do it right

Shayna Sappington

10 beautiful independent bookshops to help you reignite your love of reading
10 beautiful independent bookshops to help you reignite your love of reading

Sarah Finnan

What’s on: What to watch, stream, read and listen to this May 2021
What’s on: What to watch, stream, read and listen to this May 2021

Lauren Heskin

Running every week? Here’s how to fuel your training
Running every week? Here’s how to fuel your training

Hannah Hillyer

The best jokes about the pandemic to get you through the last few days of lockdown
The best jokes about the pandemic to get you through the last few days of...

Lauren Heskin

Image / Fashion

How To Look Polished Wearing PVC


by Marie Kelly
09th Sep 2016
blank

For AW16, PVC (or vinyl, patent and wet-look finishes) and velvet are the two defining textures of the season. While the latter is resonant of sumptuous gowns and luxury soft furnishings, PVC evokes’more menacing Sin City-style associations. But it’s been reimagined for the new season in sharp, sophisticated silhouettes, and paired with softer, more feminine textures, for a look that feels contemporary and covetable. Here’s some catwalk inspiration to help you look chic rather than cheap in PVC.

At Valentino high-shine was softened with pretty ballet flats and restrained shades of nude. The turtleneck also adds a demure feel to the whole look.

Valentino AW16

Kenzo chose the design of a midi-length and sweetheart neckline to balance the standout nature of this fabric. The oversized Victoriana-style blouse also?adds a touch of modesty to what can be perceived as a trashy fabric.

Kenzo AW16

I love this high-shine Lanvin coat. Designed in the shape of a traditional trench coat (which has classic and conservative connotations anyway), it redefines our impression of PVC instantly. The longer length revealing a hint of ankle and the cinched-in waist are unapologetically feminine.

Lanvin AW16

Isabel Marant has cleverly styled these loose-fitting, boyfriend-style pants with a grandfather cardigan and polo shirt. The look is beautifully balanced in terms of texture and fit.

Isabel Marant AW16

The somewhat unsunny disposition of this model and the tough-looking biker boots make this outfit?appear less forgiving than it is. Imagine these trousers and this chic peplum top with a pair of velvet high heels and a big smile. How chic would that look?

Louis Vuitton AW16