Fashion always finds a way of keeping things up beat and interesting and that goes without saying, but just when you might think you finally caught up with the trends and got used to the latest, most uncommon or plain unpredictable ones, something even more surprising arises and takes the fashion industry by storm. The spring 2013 fashion shows served to prove this exact point, especially as it became scene to the clear and obvious ascent of the quirky perspex. Unconventional? Yes, but equally marvelous, no doubt about it.

Whatever the case one thing is obvious: fashion is all about unveiling its transparently cool side this season and some of the greatest designers put a beat on plastic material by making it look like the next best thing when it comes to clothing and accessories. And it probably is. Due to its lightweight yet strong look, clear plastic and perspex can be worn effortlessly and thrown into any striking combination, without compromising the overall effect. A real treat for the eyes, this trend is about to push the limits of street-wear in the upcoming months.

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This new direction is keen on promoting both the bold, futuristic approach with an emphasis on urban-wear and strong athletic influences, as spotted on the runway during Jean Charles De Castelbajac’s spring 2013 fashion show, as well as the retro aesthetic, with a focus on softness and subtle elegance, as perfectly captured on the catwalk during the Valentino spring 2013 presentation.

Clear plastic garments on the runway

If life is not already fantastic, there’s nothing quite like a clear plastic bomber jacket to uplift the spirit and spice up the wardrobe. Paired to a delicate, flower embellished ensemble, the transparent rain jacket becomes a light, almost surreal statement, ideal to be showcased during the magical summer months.

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Clear plastic on the runway at Charlotte Ronson S/S ’13

Built upon a futuristic approach and mixed with the edginess exuded by the metallic accents, Jean Charles De Castelbajac’s transparent plastic vision is unlike anything else we have seen walk down the runway. The daring construction is somehow balanced by the minimalist white pieces bringing along a touch of femininity.

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Clear plastic on the runway at Jean Charles De Castelbajac S/S ’13

If there really is someone out there able to infuse clear plastic with such qualities as grace and timeless sophistication, only a name like Valentino could pop up to mind. The impeccable tailoring, the studded detailing and the elegant choice of color are the main aspects that turn plastic into a fancy necessity.

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Clear plastic raincoat on the runway at Valentino S/S ’13

Burberry’s effervescent spring 2013 collection set the tone for at least a couple of this year’s major trends. Among them, the use of coloured translucent plastic for stylish capes and splendid accessories reached an entirely new level of creativity. Paired to a series of color-blocked body-con dresses, it’s easily understandable why just very few will be able to resist the plastic temptation.

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Clear plastic on the runway at Burberry S/S ’13

Clear plastic & perspex accessories

A beautiful, almost refined take on the clear plastic trend was turned into a full spectrum of statement jewelry and shoes, perfectly accessorizing Givenchy’s ethereal spring 2013 collection. Defined by lightness and precision, the line-up couldn’t have gotten a better match: both complementing and empowering.

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Clear plastic accessories on the runway at Givenchy S/S ’13

When it comes to accessories, Simone Rocha introduced a very feminine and romantic version of the clear plastic tote bag, that goes hand in hand with the beautiful spring 2013 collection filled with shades of white. The subtle perforations and the contrasting handles are all about emphasizing the see-through wonder.

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Perspex handbag on the runway at Simone Rocha S/S ’13

Most likely to be spotted on the red carpet rather sooner than later, Gucci’s emblematic clear plastic and Stella McCartney’s colored box clutches put a modern twist on the classy looking accessory. The updated versions appear nothing short of sophistication and that’s not even their greatest quality. Designed to shine, the perspex clutch is definitely the new chic.

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Perspex clutches on the runway at Gucci S/S ’13 and Stella McCartney S/S ’13

Christian Dior’s gorgeously encrusted perspex cuffs might have just redefined the entire concept of luxury in the jewelry department. Who needs diamonds and gold when you can sparkle just as easily with clear plastic? Sometimes it’s all about the finer details and you can count on perspex to do all the talking.

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Perspex cuff on the runway at Christian Dior S/S ’12

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