Inspiration: Isaac Mizrahi S/S 1991

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Anything that moderately flirts with zeitgeist of 1960s modernism (in terms of fashion) leaves me in a blissful state. I’m not sure when I’ll get over my obsession of it’s biggest propellers – ahem – Pierre Cardin and André Courrèges. One thing this era can be thanked for is the mainstreamed use innovative fabrics such as polyvinyl chrloride, better known as PVC.

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Iterations of PVC scattered through the decades that followed the 1960s. Among these iterations, I find the use of PVC in Isaac Mizrahi’s 1991 Spring/Summer show to be relatable and inspiring as this fabric makes yet another appearance as a trend in 2018.

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Mizrahi’s collection uses bright, bold colors in relevant hues of pink, yellow, orange, green, and blue with contrasting opacity/transparency. The pairing of these colors and the fabric feels like something I would see in a modern Maryam Nassir Zadeh collection. Mizrahi’s collection is playful and powerful. As a modern woman who seeks to live in a world undefined by expectation, the use of PVC in this collection resonates with me within its harmony of femininity and masculinity, boldness and delicacy, and jovialness and sophistication.

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This collection is a power-suit box of sour skittles, of which I will absolutely be dreaming of the color and texture pairings long into summer.

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