Everyone’s wardrobe could probably benefit from a touch of subversiveness. The best way to go about it? PVC. Typically identified with bondage and fetish wear, this ever-so-punk fabric is proving itself to be one of the more relevant trends to try this spring thanks to a swarm of designers crafting handbags, footwear, and accessories from the reinvented glossy textile.
Surprisingly enough, PVC and vinyl were originally popular design elements in the 1960s during the time of futurism and designers like André Courrèges (though the label vowed to stop using the admittedly not-so-eco-friendly plastic last year). Fast-forward all the way to 2019 and Rachel Weisz’s red latex Givenchy gown on the Oscars’ red carpet had many of us wondering: If Sarah Churchill can pull off dominatrix, why can’t I?
It’s certainly worth mentioning that because PVC is a form of plastic it’s not biodegradable. If that’s something you care about (which you should), then perhaps the most responsible way to approach this trend is with a discerning eye. Invest in what you’ll wear for many, many years to come and perhaps eventually bestow upon a future child who’s curious to know why we dressed ourselves in polyvinyl chloride.
Below, shop the season’s most alluring PVC accessories from cult favorites like Staud, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, and more.