Plastic Fantastic

Plastic Fantastic

Last weekend, it was the happy coincidence of stumbling on to a discount code to procure that beloved Suno jacket.  This week, it's another jolly accident that proves all things that turn up via a UPS man generally come good.  Michael Angel's care package of mind bending prints had one exception – this beaut of a latex* coat shown as part of his S/S 11 collection.  "Beaut of a latex" coat?  It isn't quite an oxymoron but it does feel weird to refer to a latex garment as a thing of beauty.  All credit to Angel who picked out this particular opaque and cloudy latex that has none of the tight and sweaty attributes of your average latex garments.  


Frosted plastic turned up a year later in Celine's current resort 2012 collection as well as in Angel's own resort collection because he had cited the S/S 11 coat as a bestseller and therefore reused the material in a more structured trenchcoat.  "Who would've thought that latex would do so well?" jokes Angel.  Who'd thunk it indeed?  

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RCA graduate Itziar Vaquer also turned to matte plastic in his final collection, working with its slightly rigid properties to emphasise an angular silhouette…

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The coat with its swingy shape and wide collars feels like any other pieces of heavyweight outerwear except without the softness of a lining and sort of solves the conundrum of wearing a coat without wanting to cover up what's going on underneath.  With this cloudily transparent layer, I'm now faced with a host of possibilities of what can go underneath it.  How will various prints and colours look with a creamy overlay?  It will be a childsplay process of trial and error.   







(Michael Angel latex coat, Krystof Strozyna orange jacket, ASOS orange top, Dries Van Noten skirt, Nike trainers, Mother of Pearl floral printed cap)

Angel must have been reading my iMac desktop because I did in fact have a bunch of plastic trench and outerwear pics saved up in one folder as I had planned on doing a mini post about one particular cheapie option of the plastic outerwear.  These slightly more lightweight, flyaway plastic coats seen at Jil Sander's S/S 12 menswear show (and now available online at an eyewatering price…) immediately reminded me of Muji's ever-present cutaway and portable raincoats.  For a mere ¬£9.95, you have yourself a decent protective layer from potential downpours and the bonus of adding a little plastic to your outfit even if rain wasn't beckoning.  I bought my first one back when I was in Uni and I took to wearing it with chunky jumpers, vintage slip skirts and banged up old Converse.   

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It now comes in four colours (clear, khaki, grey and black) and are all pleasingly matte as well as giving you the option to shorten the sleeves and length with useful cutting guidelines.  



Admittedly, now that I've experienced Angel's sturdy latex that is more of a legitimate coat, it's hard to go back to Muji's plastic option.  Still, even if I didn't have the fortune of receiving Angel's coat, I still would have suggested that being trapped in plastic a la Jil Sander is made easy thanks to Muji.  Lo and behold, in Stockholm last August, I spotted a guy running around in the Muji raincoat to go with his appropraitely Nordic fash-y ensemble so it probably isn't only me who sees something beyond a portable rain cover in this Muji classic.  






In a similar way to the cloudy latex in the Michael Angel piece, the Muji clear plastic also blurs and mutes whatever is going on underneath, which in this case is a fascinating printed cotton bomber jacket from London duo Fanny & Jessy's S/S 12 collection.  They worked with illustrator Lynnie Zulu on this tessellated print, inspired by the faces of Eskimos and Native Americans.  

(Muji clear freecut raincoat, Fanny & Jessy bomber jacket, Mintdesigns trousers, Prada brogues)

**EDIT** This is why I love Style Bubble readers.  Someone very rightly pointed out the possibilities of people being allergic to natural latex and called me up on even suggesting such a garment.  I'm glad to say that team Michael Angel have replied to say that the coat is in fact 100% Polyurethane (synthetic), referred to loosely as 'latex'.  Who'd have thought that we'd be having a small dialogue about the intricacies of synthetic/non-synthetic latex?


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  1. Material fixations

    2012-01-21 at 5:37 PM

    I haden’t thought of it that way but latex coats do give you a multitude of options as to what to wear underneath. I do feel the more structured Angel one is better looking, it may just be because I really object to the snaps on the muji one.

  2. Serdane

    2012-01-21 at 5:51 PM

    This Coat is very AWESOME !! I love the pants you wear at the second shoot you did ! Love 😉

  3. agnes szucs

    2012-01-21 at 6:07 PM

    love the blurring it induces, but omg, you got that Van Noten skirt, and the mint pants!!! how i envy you, even if i’m normally not a coveter. 😛

  4. Kazuko

    2012-01-21 at 6:19 PM

    running out of words for your outfits – the dries skirt with angel’s coat, orange top and the cap is an amazing combination. also love the second outfit, but i think it’s the skirt underneath the coat that keeps me drooling!

  5. Claudia Grande

    2012-01-21 at 6:23 PM

    omg that coat is so fabulous! I’d love to have a whole wardrobe made of this wonderful material.

  6. CoryB

    2012-01-21 at 6:26 PM

    plastic fantastic, lover! when i hear ‘latex’ i admittedly think of s/m aesthetics, but this obviously proves there’s a lot more to it! amazing.

  7. Aprilette

    2012-01-21 at 7:08 PM

    I love the gray-colored trench coat even if it’s in plastic. I love the fabulous style and this would surely go well with the right set of designer clothes.
    One great benefit of latex coats I guess, is that your outfit won’t get wet even in the rain! Awesome designer!

  8. Gealdine Looker

    2012-01-21 at 7:11 PM

    Pretty cool. Could have done with a little latex today in Atlanta, thunderstorms!! Just like being back in the UK only heavier and louder!

  9. Haidee

    2012-01-21 at 7:52 PM

    love the plastic theme very lady gaga


    2012-01-21 at 8:24 PM

    just ordered the Muji coat now!

  11. Lydia

    2012-01-22 at 1:17 AM

    That coat (the first one) is absolutely amazing. I love it. It looks so tailored.

  12. Yuka

    2012-01-22 at 5:27 AM
  13. K Kilgallon

    2012-01-22 at 9:17 AM

    those mintdesign pants are AWESOME!!!!!

  14. Olive

    2012-01-22 at 1:00 PM

    I love the pastic coat!uber cool!

  15. Xandra

    2012-01-22 at 1:34 PM

    This reminds me of one of Lady Gaga’s outfits she wore at her concert in Madison Square Garden. Love it!

  16. shesaidsomething

    2012-01-22 at 3:29 PM

    You know, I really like the Muji raincoat. It is utilitarian, keeps you dry, its transparency allows the patterns underneath to show and it adds texture (I’m a wee bit of a texture fanatic, monochrome and texture ah…). I think I’m having a Bauhaus moment. Anyway, well done.


    2012-01-22 at 4:57 PM
    Terra NY makes great raincoats, with heat sealed seams,. – i bought two from them,. waiting for it to rain in NYC.

  18. Hannah Jane

    2012-01-22 at 8:58 PM

    Wonderous coat! Love it when unexpected original fashion choices are made. Very innovative designing and styling. <3. peace

  19. bla bla bla

    2012-01-22 at 9:24 PM

    Vabbè è il materiale del futuro!

  20. Rachel

    2012-01-22 at 10:15 PM

    Wow, this is rather out there!

  21. Cristián Pavez Díaz

    2012-01-22 at 10:38 PM

    Your coat was sincerely the best one of all!! Loved it!!
    Greetings from Santiago, Chile.
    @cristianpavezd on Twitter.

  22. Dorian Gray!

    2012-01-23 at 12:23 AM

    love the second outfit <3

  23. Deadly Bite

    2012-01-23 at 3:02 AM

    Using the Muji raincoat sounds like a really interesting idea.
    I had one of them some time ago, but my cats destroyed it before I ever got the chance to wear it LOL
    Love! xx

  24. Maura

    2012-01-23 at 8:33 AM

    Love your blog! Take a look at my beauty/fashion/art page!

  25. Karenina

    2012-01-23 at 9:15 PM

    I’m sorry but this is nuts. Do you realize that there are people who have severe allergies (anaphylaxis) to latex? How would you feel if you were standing/sitting next to someone in public and they became ill or even died because of your coat? I think the designer really, really needs to rethink this one. In the meantime, I would not wear that coat out in public.

  26. susie_bubble

    2012-01-23 at 10:19 PM

    I should have said that the latex used is NOT the natural latex that is used in say a condom, a rubber glove or indeed conventional latex clothing (the sort you see in a S&M context). I believe it’s a synthetic latex and actually, whilst i referred to it as a latex as did the designer, upon further investigation, I think it’s more like a PVC type plastic…. I will verify this but I’m pretty sure it’s NOT the natural latex that people have allergic reactions to. I have very sensitive skin and cannot wear rubber gloves so I’m probably a good litmus test for any possible irritating fabrics. I’ll edit and amend once I find out!

  27. aga

    2012-01-23 at 11:26 PM
  28. Michelle

    2012-01-24 at 4:31 PM

    This jacket is actually 100% Polyurethane (synthetic) which we refer to using the umbrella term latex. It is not comprised of natural latex that people can be allergic to.
    With that being said, we’re glad that this is a topic of discussion – one we’d expect from StyleBubble readers no less.
    – Team MA

  29. Duck

    2012-01-24 at 8:36 PM

    Funny that we both had a blog post this week with the same name, and that both were about plastic pieces of clothing we just got… I DEFINITELY couldn’t afford the Jil Sander coats (tried them on in Paris until I cried) but there were some other plastic pieces in the collection I managed to stump up the cash for. And now I need to get myself down Muji!

  30. caroLina

    2012-01-24 at 10:40 PM

    woow I want them

  31. Kvinnor

    2012-04-06 at 7:37 PM

    That is a wonderful idea! Thanks for showing pictures.

  32. lily

    2012-05-31 at 4:00 AM

    ok,i like this style,but it’s a little odd to wear them


    2013-05-07 at 1:32 PM

    Susie, what size is your Muji coat? It comes in S, M and L and I’m puzzled which one I should choose.

  34. susie_bubble

    2013-05-07 at 3:43 PM

    I have it in size S – there are guidelines on the coat to cut the length and sleeves down to your preferred size too! x

  35. Michelle johnson

    2014-09-22 at 9:02 PM

    Hello can anyone tell me where i can get the latex/polyurethane fabric the first coat is made from and also the second and third ladies coats. I am struggling to get some.

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