Leather Evolution

Originally considered the go-to garb for biker gangs, punk rockers and similar misfits, today’s leather is practically as user-friendly as cotton. Although leather motorcycle jackets are a familiar sight each fall, this season’s leather takes an unexpected turn as designers experiment with different styles and techniques as Diane von Furstenberg did with this romantic, cut-out empire dress. From cuff bracelets to quilted vests, perforations to pleats, luxe lamb to phony faux-leather lovers from all walks of life finally earn their street cred…no street fight required.

Runway. Diane von Furstenberg “Zuko Novelty Leather Dress”, $1600, SaksFifthAvenue.com 1. Loft “Black Leather Bow Cuff”, $34.50, LOFT.com 2. Givenchy “Two Piece Coat”, $1605, MyTheresa.com 3. Lee Angel Jewelry “Martine Leather Necklace”, $128, Shopbop.com 4. Topshop “Leather Buckle Shorts”, $135, Topshop.com 5. Nashelle “Krush KE13 Earrings”, $110, Nashelle.com 6. High Fashion “5609 Perforated Tote”, $115, Endless.com 7. See by Chloé “Leather Skirt”, $595, LaGarconne.com 8. Alice + Olivia “Pleated Leather Skirt”, $395, Net-a-Porter.com

Image Courtesy of Diane von Furstenberg

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