Fashion: Pieced in Plastic

FASHION Pieced in Plastic

The effect was breathtaking. Out strode the model, clothed in nothing but wafer-thin plastic disks, each glinting with dazzling sun colors (hot orange, pink) and hung together with fine wires.

Next came a coat of mail in glistening silver that let a generous amount of skin go unprotected. Then came sun visors shaped like welders' helmets and oversized plastic earrings that dangled weightlessly at shoulder level.

It was the U.S. debut at Manhattan's Lord & Taylor of Jewelry Designer Paco Rabanne, at 32 the hit of Paris and overnight a...

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