LEATHER HAS HAD SOME HIGH AND LOW POINTS SINCE ITS MANIC COLOURED HIP-HUGGING, THIGH BARING POPULARITY OF THE 1980s. THIS SUMMER, IRONICALLY, IT HAS ARRIVED BACK WHERE IT BEGAN. RACY HOT-AND-HEAVY, BOLD AND VOLUMINOUS OR SHARP AND COLOURFUL, THIS SEASONALLY CONFUSED APPLICATION HAS PUT LEATHER AT ANOTHER HIGH POINT.
Its very difficult to separate sex-appeal and shiny leather, they have been symbols of one another for as long as we paid any attention. Balmain didn’t hide this fact one iota. Spring/Summer 15 saw Olivier Rousteing press leather into svelte bodies or barely cover basic parts, which by the way, was fantastic. Calvin Klein and Tods worked with a number of leather summer dresses in clean bold colour’s, using simple wearable shapes that combatted a few of the leather-on-a-hot-night issues. Loewe did a slew of pants in pop colours in a shape we have not seen since, well, when did we last see this shape? Miu Miu used a similar bright colour palette, but applied it in familiarly heavy, grainy leather, last seen three decades ago. On the accessories front, unusual points were Fendi’s use of hair ties, and Louis Vuitton’s exotic, summer long boots. Again at Vuitton, although not fitting the era mentioned above, were skirts and dresses in slices of bright contrasting colours with that unmistakable slick of sheen. This is an exciting idea for now but we suspect the resurgence of power sexy - leather included - will make more appearances for summers to come.
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