Exploring the rise of see-through accessories in our social media-dominated, post-truth world
Then came Loewe’s $990, fully see-through plastic pants, which the Spanish house showed for SS16. Soon after, Topshop began shilling $100 versions, the predecessor to those widely-mocked jeans with plastic inserts at the knees. Fast forward to the SS18 collections, for which Chanel showed clear, cap-toed rainboots – a less overt, more Chanel version of the OG Yeezy boots, one might say – with similarly pellucid raincoats, bags, and hats. In a case fit for Diet Prada, both Céline and Maison Margiela debuted see-through shopping totes for the same season, while Shayne Oliver created a clear, lucite briefcase at Helmut Lang. I recently saw someone carrying said briefcase filled with dozens of perfectly arranged pink roses – and nothing else – at a New York Fashion Week event and thought to myself: is there anything that more perfectly symbolises the era of the artfully curated overshare?
“We’re all constantly trying to seem like we have nothing to hide, while actually concealing everything”