Warm weather leather? Say it with me: Warm weather leather – not an oxymoron anymore. Given the amount of the material on the Spring 2013 runways, it’s clear that leather is no longer held back by its common-sense, winter traditions. In fact, we had trouble narrowing down the runway shows to pick from, seeing as to how many of them showed off fashion’s latest favourite fabric.
Forget heavy, gothy coats and embrace a new tradition of lightweight leather – casual, sporty, and paired with even more of the same for 2013’s hardiest Springtime uniform. But the looks were nothing if not feminine. Pleated, draped A-line skirts kept leather looks light and unfussy, while t-shirts and sweaters got a little more armour-like structure and sheen. Damir Doma combined leather with silk and olive green military textiles to create a luxurious iteration of an It-girl dress.
Would you wear leather to work? Well, apparently lots of designers think that’s a good idea. One-or-two piece leather looks in classic, wearable shapes dominated as the season centered on essential clothing that could stand the test of time. Different treatments to leather gave the material, and the clothes they were made from, wholly different “feelings” – heavier leather lent strength to the modernity at Loewe and Derek Lam, a stark contrast to the light, pleated fabrications on Mario Schwab’s slashed sheath dress and Tibi’s ruffled, laser-cut floral ditty.
For those who don’t want to wear top-to-toe leather but still want all that edge, harnesses are your best bet. This is not the first time we’re seeing bondage-inspired gear on the runway. Think Spring 2012, when Prabal Gurung collaborated with everybody’s favourite harness-maker Zana Bayne, who created custom pieces for the designer’s show.
There was variation in this season’s pieces though – the softer lines and asymmetry in Ann Demeulemeester’s versions flowed and wove through gowns, while BCBG MaxAzria made chunky leather pieces juxtaposed against the delicate lace slips. But when even FLOTUS favourite Jason Wu is getting in on the action with slick, minimalistic versions for those looking to pair them with his ultra-feminine classics, you know the harness has become 50 shades of huge. How will you take on the Spring leather trend?