This fall the wet suit looks even better on the town
It is also the surprise star of the fashion season, with top designers taking the fabric out of the water and putting it on the runways. With its strong and defined lines, spongy neoprene creates architectural shapes with a futuristic finish.
Further distancing neoprene from its typical sporty use, designers are fashioning bonded versions by fusing it with brushed felt, wool, and velvet.
From 3.1 Phillip Lim’s sweatshirts to J Brand’s 801 Scuba jeans, casual becomes, surprisingly, a bit more refined with neoprene. T by Alexander Wang’s pleated skirt and Faith Connection’s butterfly-print dress take the next step into formal wear, while the material’s flexibility is celebrated in Reed Krakoff’s leather and neoprene ankle boots and Emporio Armani’s boots in PVC and neoprene velvet.
“Neoprene is body sculptural. It adds shape to the garment and moves with the body,” says Jane Chung, executive vice president of design for DKNY. “It adds an element of sport, taking basics and making them modern.