LuciteLux® or Perspex® accessories (depending on which side of the Atlantic ocean you happen to be) are taking this year’s fashion industry by storm. Luxury brands like Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Givenchy, Chanel and Alexis Bittar are leading the trend with high street brands in close pursuit.

Among the popular designs seen on the runway this spring/summer are chic clutch purses, stylish shoes and dazzling jewellery, created in both clear and rainbow-coloured hues.

Celebrities, movie stars, top models and singers, have been pictured in a plethora of publications and websites, including international newspapers and magazines Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan, all embracing the style and toting or wearing eye-catching accessories in see-through LuciteLux®.

Elegant A-listers, such as actresses Elisabeth Moss, Olivia Palermo, Sienna Miller and Bella Thorne and singer Solange Knowles, have all been spotted at red carpet events carrying transparent LuciteLux® bags.

While Solange and her older sister Beyoncé have been photographed wearing LuciteLux® heeled shoes, reality star Kim Kardashian and singer and actress Selena Gomez have both been pictured wearing LuciteLux® framed glasses. Supermodel Cindy Crawford wore LuciteLux® earrings for a recent magazine photoshoot.

And First Lady Michelle Obama has worn several different LuciteLux® creations, including a brooch handcrafted by designer Alexis Bittar at the 2013 State of the Union address.

But while LuciteLux® may be hitting the headlines in 2013, fashion’s love affair with the material is not a new phenomenon.

“During the 1950s creative, fashion-forward American designers reinvented the traditional handbag using Lucite® acrylic, an exciting, new, decidedly modern medium reflecting the futuristic trend of the times,” explains Simon Ellis, Lucite International’s Business Director for Lucite® in the US.

“Carrying a Lucite® handbag was considered the pinnacle of style in the 1950s and the bags could be found on the arms of starlets and the fashion-conscious in cities and trend-setting destinations around the world.”

During the same era, Hollywood sex symbol Marilyn Monroe carried a clear Lucite® purse in the film noir Niagara and was pictured in several magazines and photographs wearing acrylic platform heels.

This year’s passion for LuciteLux® and Perspex® is not just the preserve of the fashion industry. Statement acrylic furniture, from beds to desks, table stands and chairs as well as smaller decorative pieces – are also enjoying a surge in popularity.

One US-based furniture designer who famously works with LuciteLux®, Alexandra Von Furstenberg, is a member of the judging panel for the recently introduced JUST IMAGINE Awards inviting professional designers and design students to submit work using the LuciteLux® brand.

The winner will feature in a full-page spread in Architectural Record as well as a making-of documentary that tells the story of the designer’s work with LuciteLux®.

Entrants can submit their projects online through September 27, 2013 and the work must have been completed between 2011 and 2013. For more information, visit LuciteLux® JUST IMAGINE Awards. For inspiration and updates ‘like’ LuciteLux® on Facebook or Pinterest.