Plastic is quickly becoming a hot, fashionable trend. The interesting thing is that plastic has been around for a long time in fashion, but only recently has it been given more consumer awareness and obtained a larger following. Plastic is not only trendy, but affordable, eco-chic, and environmentally-friendly. Retailers in New York such as H&M and J. Crew sell many fabulous, price-savvy outfits and accessories that are made from plastic. George Kotsiopoulos, a celebrity fashion stylist highlights H&M accessories and apparel such as black and red heart-shaped bangles that are made from 50% recycled plastic bottles, along with a cute plastic raincoat that’s made from recycled bottles too in an educational video about fashion trends using plastic. It’s available on a website called Plastics Make It Possible, an informative resource on how plastic is being used in fashion and in daily life in general. I had the opportunity to ask George via email about the buzz behind plastic and why he got involved:
1) How long have you been a supporter of plastic in fashion? What inspired you to endorse it?
I’ve worked with designers and clothes for years, and even I was amazed at how plastics truly make many of today’s fashion trends better, from improving fit and durability, to lending flexibility and form to just about any creative look designers can come up with. I’m excited to work with Plastics Make it Possible® to talk about how plastics encourage designers’ creativity and allow stylists, like me, to create looks that are trend-setting, chic, affordable and even eco-friendly.
2) Do you think plastic will be a hot trend for a while and what would make it timeless?
Yes, I do think plastic will be a hot trend for a while and I would already consider it timeless. Dating back to World War II when clothing material was severely rationed and hats became one of the few ways to express style with minimal resources by personalizing them with scraps of plastic sequins, flowers and feathers, to today, where plastics are used to make a wide variety of fashionable wear, from undergarments to accessories; from shoes, jewelry and club-ready tees to red carpet-ready dresses — I would suggest that plastic based material is already deemed itself timeless.
3) What notable personalities are currently embracing the plastic trend?
Green fashion isn’t about wearing uncomfortable clothing or accessories. Fashion has recently taken a basic t-shirt to a new level by closing the recycling loop and making soft and wearable fabrics. Big brands like H&M and Stella McCartney have devoted entire collections to “eco-chic” fashion with alternative materials such as faux-leather, micro suede and other plastic-based materials, making eco-chic a fashion do!
4) Which celebrities have you enjoyed styling the most?
I love styling strong women with great taste who are also into clothing and willing to take chances like Zoe Saldana & Katy Perry who I’ve styled for magazines and Freida Pinto and Kerry Washington who I’ve styled for red carpet. I’ve also been super lucky to have worked with icons like Raquel Welch, Betty White and Julie Andrews. The new gals are awesome but the icons are incredible.
5) In addition to the video and website, do you plan on making any upcoming live appearances to discuss this hot fashion trend?
Stay tuned for future appearances and projects! Don’t forget to check for updates on: www.plasticsmakeitpossible.com/stylistscorner
6) What’s next for you?
I’m very lucky because “Fashion Police” is a weekly show which keeps me quite busy in addition to my regular styling jobs. My goal is to also have my own show, definitely write a book and most likely do some type of clothing or accessory line.
The fact of the matter is that plastic is amazing, practical, and here to stay. Finding ways to incorporate it into your wardrobe is easy, as you’ll find on the Plastics Make It Possible website. Enjoy embracing this fabulous fashion trend!