Topshop is still in recovery mode from the Clear Panel Mom Jeans backlash, but the fashion retailer is stirring controversy yet again with its latest creation.
On Monday, Topshop debuted MOTO Clear Plastic Straight Leg Jeans. The product description for the completely translucent £55 jeans reads, “Think outside the box with these out-of-the-ordinary clear plastic jeans — guaranteed to get people talking. In a straight leg cut, they feature classic pockets detailing and are cropped at the ankle bone. Ideal as a statement piece for a festival or costume party, take the look to the extreme with a bikini and sequin jacket or dress down, layered under an oversized jumper or asymmetric hem dress.”
Naturally, Twitter demanded answers.
— Amy Lo (@amylo_92) April 23, 2017
N jus when you thought life couldn't get any worse, topshop release these 'jeans' pic.twitter.com/xwMc52F4ms
— • cath • (@__cxtherine) April 24, 2017
In March, the British retailer, who did not return Yahoo Style’s request for comment, introduced £49 MOTO Clear Panel Mom Jeans, high-waisted, tapered denim pants with clear plastic knee panels. While the pants were possibly an updated take on the classic “mom jeans” (per the product description, the “slick plastic panels bare your knees for a futuristic feel”), the purpose of the panels remains unknown.
For better or worse, denim seems to be going through an experimental phase lately.
In 2016, Topshop sold “cutabout denim” with a strategically cut waistband.
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In April, French brand Vetements presented us with Bare Butt jeans (featuring a butt zipper for the indecisive), courtesy of the Vetements x Levis collection.
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Another style in the collection boasts thigh and crotch zippers.
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One-leg jeans also made their way into Coachella, courtesy of singer Ryan Destiny, star of the Fox show Star.
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And Kendall Jenner’s so-called invisible jeans — denim cut-offs with frayed seams and cuffs creating a pant-like outline — were just plain confusing.
We can only imagine what’s in store for denim this summer.
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