I see the debate about plastics in fashion is hotting up. After the gorgeous and revealing Yves Saint Laurent acrylic cocktail outfit profiled here on the Blog, I find an inspiring article from our own correspondent in New York, John Hoffman, extolling the virtues of plastic shoes and synthetic coats over leather Oxfords and traditional wool winter coats.
“Walk down any street in America….(everyone is wearing)..sneakers, running shoes, casual shoes.. that are virtually all plastic….(and) wearing plastic coats,” he writes admiringly in ICIS Chemical Business magazine. Quite so, but looking around the well-dressed guests at last week’s ICIS industry lunch in London, I think he’ll have a long way to go in persuading the European petrochemical crowd to wear their own products.