There’s a whole lot of plastique going on here but it’s not the luscious patent shoes or oversized bag my attention is drawn towards. It’s the Paule Ka skirt which seems to be made out of a transparent latex and is a bit of a stunner. A reader very kindly sent me this image and informed me that in fact, the material is silicone compound, similar to what boob implants are made out of I suspect. This type of rubbery material reminds me of those brown rubber mouldsthat I used to pour plaster of paris into to hopefully make a perfect twee rabbit/cottage/horse figurine (it would always come out chipped…). It certainly puts a new spin on the various strands of fetishwear that have infiltrated fashion. Though a rubbery material like this might have textural affiliation with say black pvc/latex, the colour doesn’t suggest anything risque or raunchy. I’d definitely like to see more of this kind of play on rubber garments. Afterall, it is just another material and depending on the way you wear it, there is that ability to blend it in seamlessly with more conventional materials.
Image from ‘Sur la terre Z√ºrich’ (Thank you Tamar for sending through the scan!)