Trend Watch: High-Tech Materials and Futuristic Fabrics

New fabric treatments and unusual textures added a futuristic feel to the spring runways.

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From neoprene to plastics, high-tech textiles and new fabric treatments lent a modern look to the Spring 2012 collections. At Jason Wu, floral hot pants and a button-down blouse were given a futuristic twist with the addition of a shiny see-through parka.
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Prabal Gurung's belted ombre coat in bright violet was fashioned from a super-shiny latex that faded to a translucent white.
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Altuzarra also experimented with shiny latex materials for spring. Here, a collarless quilted jacket in charcoal gray is styled with kinky black trousers.
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Skin-tight wool and sheer mesh panels lent a futuristic touch to Donna Karan's tribal-inspired spring 2012 collection.
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Topshop
Topshop's cool blue tote is fashioned from an unusual iridescent material made to look like bubble wrap. $36 at Topshop.
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Alexander Wang's jersey mesh separates had a gym-ready look, but still felt grown-up and chic paired with flirty short-shorts and cargo skirts.
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Phillip Lim accented a sorbet-colored spring collection with sheer plastic details like this stylish cropped rain parka.
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Though difficult to make out from a distance, Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez finished twist-front floral dresses with sporty neoprene sleeves for a modern look.
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Even Christian Louboutin is experimenting with innovative new fabric treatments for his iconic red-soled kicks. These zip-front booties in yellow neoprene aren't exactly be suited to snorkeling, but will definitely make a statement on the sidewalk. $895 at Net-a-Porter.
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At Costume National, sexy mini-dresses and playsuits were paired with utilitarian vests and parkas executed in semi-sheer plastic textiles.
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Gareth Pugh is known for his outrageous fabric experiments, and the young designer outdid himself for spring with structured leather and plastic pieces with a rigid, sci-fi look.
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Sleek and simple, Richard Nicoll's baby blue shift dress is cut in a thick neoprene material with just a hint of shine. $1145 at Net-a-Porter.
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Though working with traditional fabrics and beading, Versace's latest couture collection had a decidedly futuristic look. Here, the intricate pattern of acid green beading on a long skirt creates a lattice-like texture.
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Armani's absinthe-green separates were inspired by a snake shedding its skin, and were surprisingly life-like with sheer mesh panels meant to mimic the look of reptile scales.
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ASOS
Add a pop of high-tech texture to your spring wardrobe with ASOS' crinkly metallic t-shirt dress, which would pair perfectly with strappy block sandals and a long white blazer. $69.08 at ASOS.
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