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The Trend is Crystal Clear

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When Prada filled its runways with clear lucite accessories, editors couldn't decide whether the trend was fresh and uplifting or too stripper-tastic to catch on. But other designers and brands are starting to latch onto the trend, and we have to admit we like the results, despite the fact that they're incredibly difficult to photograph. Clear accessories pretty much go with everything you could possibly have in your closet, even those yellow patent-leather shoes that you got for $15 on clearance four years ago.

In a masculine take on Prada's sunnies, Calvin Klein released a clear aviator style for Spring 2010. We sort of wonder if these are like a cheap alternatives to rimless eyewear. Stuart Weitzman put a see-through wedge on a strappy sandal, combining two trends into one. Alexis Bittar designed a small pair of damond-shape drop earrings. LA's own Tarina Tarantino has a seriously dramatic waterfall necklace made entirely of lucite beads. Judith Leiber's lucite-adorned clutch has an art-deco appeal to it.

It's not so much that clear accessories is a new thing, it's that designers are suggesting you wear this stuff outside of prom night. But we ask you, Los Angeles: Is clear lucite a great way to have a casual accessory that goes with every outfit, or is it better left to people who dance on stages with poles in the middle of them?
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