Fashion’s obsessed with the unconventional. Right now, transparency might be top of its list. Women have long embraced see-through fashion, from PVC (literally plastic) Céline shopper bags, to Chanel flap bags. It is clear (!) that men are getting on board the see-through look as well. Heck, even Louis Vuitton is getting in on the trend, releasing a slew of transparent Keepalls in an assortment of iridescent sheens during its spring/summer 2019 show during Paris Fashion Week.
In a social media era where the habit of oversharing reigns supreme, we could only think of a few reasons to be transparent. Firstly, it motivates you to keep the interior clean and organised. No more wrappers, loose change and scrunched up receipts scattered inside your bag. Secondly, to flex your goods, i.e the Louis Vuitton x Supreme phone case you've lined up hours for. And lastly, we could see it becoming the next Instagram 'it-prop' that would make good conversation starters.
Transparency is here and now. So here's how you can cash in on the trend, before Virgil Abloh's clear Keepalls for Louis Vuitton hits stores in September.
Transparent luggage by Off-White x Rimowa
Getting through international customs might be a breeze or a nightmare in this—depending on whether or not you're carrying anything illegal or questionable (which you shouldn’t, in any case). While you get to show off your latest spring/summer loots as you jet off to your Caribbean jaunt, it might be wise for you take extra precautions to pack your dirty laundry, and make some extra effort to hide your underwear.
White skeleton shirt by Maison Margiela
Oh, Margiela, pushing fashion boundaries since the iconic Tabi (will refrain from any camel toe jokes). This time, it’s a skeleton of a cotton shirt for a thousand US dollars on SSENSE; perfect for the clime in Singapore though. We 10/10 recommend wearing this for your job interviews. And on first dates for lasting first impressions.
Plastic trench coat by Burberry
The only occasion to wear this would be in the midst of a cold rainstorm. It's a good thing that temperatures are dipping in July due to the rainy season because the last thing you’d want, is to be spotted with condensation (gasp!) under all that PVC. Although it lacks a hood to be a full-fledged raincoat, it definitely makes for an interesting conversation starter.
No, we are not talking about water or Sprite. This time, Coca-Cola comes in a clear variant for summer. For you H2O haters out there, you could actually pretend to drink carbonated water the next time your mum nags you to stay hydrated. Its caramel-free and zero-calorie formula means guilt-free sips every single time. It might be available online if you look hard enough but chances are, this trendy drink is out of stock everywhere.
Rubber high-top sneakers by Off-White x Converse
Do we still need to mention these sneakers? Do not wear them barefooted. Feet condensation is nasty.
Gucci Sync rubber watch
Remember the cheap rubber sport watches back in the '90s? Gucci has their own transparent iteration that costs a lot more. Perfect for time-telling and evening out the tan lines on your wrist while playing tennis.
Bell & Ross BR-X1 45mm sapphire crystal watch with rubber strap
The ingenuity of watch designers clearly knows no bound. This time, it has manifested into an almost GBP350,000, one-of-a-kind sapphire crystal watch from Bell & Ross that's exclusive to Mr Porter.