Fashion: The Wet Look

Some people say it looks like porcelain and feels like the skin you love to touch. Others think it looks more like something peeled off the kitchen table. It makes raincoats seem wet before they are out of the closet and slacks look as though their wearer had just stepped out of a rocket ship. It is the latest gift from the U.S. to the haute couture. It's vinyl.

From Park Avenue to Pensacola, girls are wrapping themselves in the oilcloth look. The fashion house of Originala adopted it for a $200 trench coat, and fashion firms in the $30...

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