Latex - Fashion Forecast by Sol Watle 

Over the last few years Latex has begun to make a definite transition away from fetish and full on into fashion. Designers have started to use this incredible material in creative, elegant, and delicate forms in their collections and as a result it has started to shake off its previous connotations of being solely linked to fetish apparel.

The VPL Autumn Winter 2011 collection included wrapped and architecturally shaped pieces combined with a clever use of different textures. Latex had been mixed in amongst the nylon, wools, leather, rubber and elastics and was used to make trench coats, leggings, bras and bodysuits as well as to finely coat chain necklaces.

Nicola Formichetti newly appointed creative director at Thierry Mugler used latex, leather, plastic and mesh in his debut collection for the label. Latex and leather trousers were teamed with sophisticated tailored jackets in black, peach, blue, nudes and white teamed with an array of the highest platforms to hit the catwalk.

Photos Catwalk by Kim Arnold Weston 

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