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Loving Leather

February 14, 2012

The Fall 2012 shows are in full swing with NY Fashion Week beginning last Thursday. While it’s unusual for trends to emerge this early in the season, I am already seeing some huge consistencies between the shows. My favorite? So far, leather is as ubiquitous as fur was for the past two Fall seasons, and designers are going above and beyond reinventing the leather jacket. They have been showing some impressive and inventive ways on how to wear leather this year, and it’s all in the details.

Up first: Hervé Léger by Max Azria. I cannot get enough of his incredible leather harnesses effortlessly incorporated into his designs. It was difficult narrowing it down to just a few highlights:

Theyksens’ Theory showed leather midi skirts:

Derek Lam infused his sweet secretary looks with a more sensual edge by adding leather pieces:

Alexander Wang sent disarming highly structured leather pieces down the runway in a sharp turn away from his usual sportswear aesthetic – a change amplified by the eerie surgeon-mask-like collars that accompanied many of the looks

Others took a more classic approach – DKNY’s, for example, showed jackets and dresses that you could easily spot on the city’s streets for years – but these collections have so far stood out among the leather-heavy showings so far. I’m looking forward to seeing if the trend will spread, and especially how it could be interpreted overseas.

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