Trend Report: Leather |
It wasn’t so long ago that leather skinnies and a classic biker jacket were the only reasonable leather pieces to have in your wardrobe. Suddenly, it seems like everything is receiving the leather treatment, from the current shirt trend to Matrix-style coats. Here, we break down how and where to wear it…
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The Origin

As with so many contemporary trends, we can thank the Western aesthetic for propelling leather into the spotlight. From Calvin Klein to Ganni, designers at every end of the spectrum have been more creative over recent seasons, with the look reaching a crescendo for SS20. Although not traditionally associated with the warmer weather, brands are embracing the ‘seasonless’ approach by deploying even the heaviest designs for spring, from floor-skimming coats (Hugo Boss, Ferragamo) to oversized, cargo-inspired jackets (SportMax) and head-to-toe shirt-and-trouser combos - a Bottega hero look this season.

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The Aesthetic

If dark, moody black leather for spring/summer just isn’t your bag, look for pastel colours and unexpectedly feminine updates. Thankfully, even the darkest, most aggressive iterations of the trend have flattering, feminine characteristics this season - think belt details, pleated textures and cinched waists. NET-A-PORTER’s clever styling shows how to offset classic black designs with lashings of white and barely-there sandals for a slick, clean aesthetic – something Tibi does particularly well. In addition, coloured leather is set to take over as spring approaches - Dolce and Gabbana showed sea-foam green, ice blue peppered the Emporio Armani runway, and Tod’s paraded a very modern mix of cornflower blue and dark brown. Don’t be intimidated by maxi dresses and oversized dad shorts either, just stick to pale shades and add slimmer layers for a RHW-esque edit.

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The Brands

We’ve already name-checked plenty of brands, but if you’re after more budget-friendly options, the high street is full of them. Head to H&M and Topshop for cream leather shirts, while Zara’s latest drop features orange and green designs if you’re after something brighter. Finally, turn to the affordable designer name, Nanushka, for spring-ready ice-cream hued midi skirts and shackets.


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