Milan Fashion Week Trend: Transparent PVC

There’s no shame in going bare for spring ’12. Designers indulged in some visual trickery this season in Milan, playing with transparent PVC in various hues on chic high-heeled silhouettes. Emporio Armani showed lavender-tinted straps on geisha-like platforms at Emporio Armani, while Sergio Rossi debuted rich blue T-straps with a multicolored Lucite heel. Bottega Veneta took a simple, sophisticated route with barely-there single-soled sandals, and Dolce & Gabbana went for a modern twist on the classic Mary Jane pump by adding clear panels. There was a bit of futurism in Max Kibardin’s cloudy mid-calf boots with ruby-colored Swarovski crystals, as well as in Versus’ see-through cage-toe booties with pastel patent straps. Rarely does a trend work so well on both nostalgic and forward-looking footwear silhouettes.