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WEATHER REPORT

Shiny Clothes

THIS WINTER WE’LL FIND out whether the shiny fabrics of the spring and summer are going to make it on the streets as cold-weather wear or revert to a life as traffic-safety vests. Now that the original raver futurecult has filtered its way through the fetish cycle of the after-hours gliterrati to emerge in suburbia’s light of day, it’s safe to say that the synthetic look has all but conquered the weekend glamour market of every other bridge-and-tunnel clubber. Proven in the heat of the dance-floor battle against sweat, iridescent techno clothing now faces the test of other temperature extremes in a sidewalk paramilitary replay of the vintage astronaut suit’s exposure to the high-radiation climates of deep space.

Until now, these have been the kind of clothes you expect to be able to throw in the dishwasher. Or, as one label puts it, “Wear Until It Smells. Then Clean with Damp Cloth.” The

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