Runway: The Row F/W 2011
Zara coat with leather sleeves ($199 at Zara)
By Malene Birger ‘Igano’ leather-paneled wool-blend cardigan ($595 at Net-a-Porter)
Sandro t-shirt with leather sleeves ($180 at The Bay)
Some of my favourite runway looks this season involved leather detailing. Yesterday I featured a Roots varsity jacket with leather sleeves, which was just one of many that appeared on runways (see Isabel Marant and Rag & Bone). Leather sleeves also made appearances on coats, shirts, and sweaters, from The Row, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Celine, just to name a few. There is something so wonderfully sporty about it, a bit tough, almost armour-like.
Runway: DKNY F/W 2011
Topshop leather collar boyfriend coat ($340 at Topshop)
Elizabeth & James ‘Sammy’ leather-trimmed crepe tuxedo blazer ($595 at Net-a-Porter)
Then there was the tuxedo-inspired slim leather lapel, a look very much borrowed from classic menswear. It’s an elegant, gentleman’s image, one that Marlene Dietrich would have loved to borrow. Seen on countless runways — most notably at Balenciaga and Haider Ackermann — the leather lapel is a luxurious, slick touch to everyday silhouettes.
Runway: Balenciaga F/W 2011
McQ Alexander McQueen leather panel dress ($776 at Far Fetch)
Topshop faux leather panel sweater ($56 at Topshop)
by Malene Birger ‘Isodora’ leather and stretch-jersey pencil skirt ($695 at Net-a-Porter)
Leather panelling was sort of a wildcard when it came to its placement, sometimes appearing in logical fashion, on the shoulders or down the middle of the garment, and sometimes appearing almost randomly. I particularly loved it at Balenciaga, in its most patchy occurrence. Again, a little leather goes a long way.
PS. Big thanks to Shakeira for the research.