Leather has been a solid Fall trend for the past several years and remains dominant for Fall 2010. In the past we have been limited to jackets and leggings, but this Fall we see leather used in all categories of product ranging from outerwear to dresses, bottoms and accessories.
Leather was used as a detail throughout almost all collections and is a key component for the Fall wardrobe. Some designers such as Hermes and Gareth Pugh took leather dressing to new heights by creating all leather looks pairing jackets with pants and leather accessories. Other designers used leather as a trim incorporated into outerwear, pants, and cut-outs within dresses.
There is no doubt that this textile will be a dominant trend at retail this Fall. Junior companies will cash in on faux leather styles creating dresses, jackets and pants to entice their fashion forward followers. The Contemporary market will dominate in leather outerwear and pants/leggings while Ready to Wear will see a surge in more unique items such as tops, full skirts and leather suiting.
Below is an outline of key items to look for within this trend.
Leather outerwear goes beyond the motorcycle jacket and enters a new domination with styles ranging from trench coats to mid-length and cropped versions.
What was a tiny trend last Fall will become a much larger trend this season. Leather dresses were seen all over from Stella McCartney, Loewe, Christian Dior, Valentino and many others. From full 50′s versions to strapless fitted styles, there is one out there for everyone.
This season leather pants were seen in many different variations. Where they were limited last Fall to mainly leather leggings, this Fall there are many to chose from. From Margiela’s fabulous full leg pant to Isabel Marant’s cropped motorcycle styles and Balmain’s flared leg, it will be hard to decide which is your favorite. Junior companies will continue with the leather legging updating it with leather cut-outs as seen in some styles below. Leather trousers are the most fashion forward, and only for the brave at heart. The coolest interpretations will be seen from the Contemporary market in cropped, motorcycle and flared versions.
Skirts were seen in all styles and variations including short and fitted, pencil, 50′s full and maxi. Ready to Wear will dominate the 50′s styling of the full skirts while the Contemporary market will focus on shorter fitted styles like the pencil and architectural versions.
Many designers chose to use leather as a detail rather than creating a full garment. Seen as a trim on coats, dresses and tops this interpretation is great for warmer climates and for the more conservative clients. Expect the Junior market to go wild with this trend as it is a very cost effective way to create this trend in all variations of the youth’s wardrobe needs. The Contemporary market will also utilize this trend to full capacity to compete with the likes of the Junior offerings.