Leather lust

The Luxury Collection - - Contents - -By Shuchi Kalra

This au­tumn win­ter sea­son is all about leather – real or faux, but while haul­ing out your old favourite is per­mis­si­ble, it’s time to take the leather game up a notch. The hum­ble leather jacket is one of those pieces that never goes out of style, but for au­tumn win­ter the clas­sic, luxe fab­ric has lev­eled up to give pen­cil skirts, dresses, trousers and skirts a new sea­son makeover, mak­ing us all lust over it. The ma­te­rial has grown up this sea­son, lend­ing an edge to se­ri­ously so­phis­ti­cated sil­hou­ettes, from pe­plum tops to pol­ished pen­cil skirts and also with a softer feel in pleated skirts.

Most peo­ple re­gard leather as tough and rugged. How­ever, of late, the finest glove nappa leather has found a place in nu­mer­ous col­lec­tions, get­ting a la­dy­like spin at Tod’s, Alexan­der Mcqueen, Valentino and Her­mès, among oth­ers. It looked par­tic­u­larly sharp in suit­ing. The cropped leather tops un­der vel­vet suits at Phillip Lim, leather skirts in black, fall­ing to mid-calf, ap­pear un­der over­sized sweaters at Rag & Bone. Leather was found on trousers, skirts, dresses and more, even on hood­ies for a cleaner ef­fect. It was spot­ted in syn­thetic, shinier forms on Mul­berry, with high necks, ruf­fled front, long sleeves, and above the knee hems.wet-ef­fect patent leather and vinyl comes in both vi­brant shades and more re­laxed tones, like black, brown or pas­tel col­ors, ap­peared in the col­lec­tions of La­coste, Kenzo, Nina Ricci, Valentino, Ice­berg, Lan­vin and oth­ers.

Ba­si­cally, leather was all over the ramps and it is go­ing to be ev­ery­where on the streets as well this sea­son. Leather in its mul­ti­ple guises adds a tough girl ac­cent to the most sac­cha­rine of en­sem­bles; so buckle up and join fash­ion’s biker girl gang. Skirts, skin­nies or satchels; what­ever wardrobe sta­ple you’re af­ter, make it leather. If you are not up for a full leather look you can opt for leather sleeves, con­trast pan­els, satchels, leather pock­ets or lin­ings, for a sub­tle take.

Here are some ways you can in­clude leather in your ev­ery­day en­sem­bles:

Leather and Denim

When soft, sup­ple leather pairs up with the dis­tressed-denim coun­ter­parts, the re­sult is sur­pris­ingly lux­u­ri­ous, giv­ing it an uber chic look that is not so com­mon on the fash­ion streets right now. One way of do­ing a denim-leather duo is by putting to­gether ba­sic dis­tressed jeans with a soft leather pe­plum top. Other ways in­clude wear­ing a denim dress with a soft leather jacket, denim dun­ga­rees over a leather top, denim jacket over a soft leather jump­suit or even leather pants with an over­sized denim jacket. One could also ex­per­i­ment with ac­ces­sories that are made with both leather and denim.

Leather and Lace

Team­ing up leather is al­ways ex­cit­ing when you get to flirt around the tough­ness of the fab­ric with some­thing sexy and fem­i­nine. The leather and lace duo is just about all that. Let the lace play hide and seek while the soft leather tries to get into the mood for some play­ful­ness. A lacey top or dress un­der­neath a leather jacket could be the best op­tion for this. An­other ex­cit­ing team up of leather would be tak­ing biker chic to the next level with all the studs and spikes.

Leather pants and skirts

If you thought leather was all about jack­ets, its time to re­think, soft leather makes a great bot­tom wear op­tion. Pleated skirts in var­ied lengths, pen­cil skirts, skintight leg­gings and, of course, the pants make for a unique and in­ter­est­ing choice when do­ing leather. Pair them up with a dif­fer­ent tex­tured fab­ric like knits, vel­vet, denim etc., for a fash­ion for­ward look.

Leather is more than just Black!

The first color that comes to your mind when any­body says leather is the clas­sic black one but there are var­ied op­tions to try and look great in, when it comes to leather. Camel color leather pairs up great with other shades of beige and a bur­gundy colour makes a sul­try en­try when paired with black. There are also shades of white, grey, brown, green, blues and brighter shades of faux soft leather avail­able wait­ing for you to pick them up and let your imag­i­na­tion go wild.

If you’re leather shy

For those who think leather is too bold a trend, let the baby steps of leather ac­ces­sories put you on your way to the trend heaven, while you pre­pare your­self to go to the next level. When just start­ing, opt for leather boots, gloves, hand­bags and back­packs that make you feel com­fort­able. Grad­u­ally go for big­ger op­tions that have a hint of leather in them, for ex­am­ple, a dress that has leather lin­ing or dual jack­ets with just the sleeves in leather. Keep grow­ing your lik­ing for this luxe fab­ric be­cause there’s hardly go­ing to be an au­tumn win­ter when leather won’t trend.

En­sure you stay warm and look stylish with the per­fect leather piece this au­tumn. Whether you opt for a clas­sic biker jacket or a color-blocked t-shirt, the leather pieces will keep you on trend and beat off the win­ter chills in style.

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