This Fall, Leather Isn't Just For The Bad Girls
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For A FULL Preview Of Leather Trends For Fall 2012
|Marks & Spencer. Autograph dress, £69, leather gloves, £35, boots, £75.|
Leather is the eternal Autumn/Winter trend. But for many seasons, it has come to be associated primarily with tough, edgy biker style, and while this fall/winter doesn’t make a complete departure from this, it certainly offers a chic alternative.
The grunge look is still big news for the new season, so there’s no need to despair if you’re still clinging on to your studded biker for dear life. But for those in search of a wardrobe shake-up, there is also a new sleek and sophisticated way to wear leather, with pencil skirts, structured dresses, feminine coats and beautifully cut trousers all making appearances on the AW12 catwalks. And as the high street and boutique brands alike are showing, the trend translates perfectly from catwalk to street, and is proving to be surprisingly wearable.
If you’re not convinced, look to Valentino AW12 for the ultimate master class in making leather look Romantic and ethereal. With sleek, feminine silhouettes and beautiful folk-inspired detailing, the aesthetic couldn’t have been any further away from Hells Angels connotations. And for a more dramatic take on the trend, this season’s runways at Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci and Dolce andGabbana demonstrated a ‘Gothic’ rather than ‘Goth’ take on leather.
Black leather is a wardrobe staple and an investment that will never date: check out this shift dress from Phase Eight and Plumo leather trousers, which you’ll be wearing for many years to come.
But if you’re craving an AW12 update, leather in rich burgundy shades is going to be a major trend for this season. River Island has a 60s-style shift dress in this hot shade, and both ASOS and Mint Velvet feature it in the form of pencil skirts. And leather gloves are also making a comeback, in both seasonal hues and classic black: longer versions, like these from Marks & Spencer, will give outfits an instant AW12 spin. Leather has never felt so luxe.
See Several Leather Options Below, Who Designed Them, And Their Cost (prices in Euros)
|ASOS. Colour block leather pencil skirt, £90.|
|Chanel Women's Dress Quartz Watch|
|M&S Limited Collection. Biker jacket, £59.|
| ELLA by Viyella. Leather pencil skirt, £199|
Gianni Versace Eclissi 84Q Black Dial Ladies
Watch from VERSACE - $475.00
|Phase Eight. Leather shift dress, £250.|
|River Island. Burgundy leather dress, £120|
|Plumo. Pocket biker jacket, £329.|
|River Island. Leather detail trousers.(See Site For Cost)|
| Malice Black Leather Strap Watch|
from Christian Dior $960.00
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