Well Greased

Even if you’re not a motorcycle afficionado, you can still look like you greased the wheels with the black leather trend that has us in a tailspin. Everything from tight leather pants to Theory’s slick playsuit has us wishing we were revving the engine to a tire squealing Harley. But since we likely don’t have the weight to hold one up, we’ll settle for the fashion and holding on to a hottie who will do the driving for us.   1. AllSaints “Elben”... Read More

Lady-like Leather

The touch, the feel of . . . leather? ! Yup, why not? While breathable cotton and gauzy linen are summertime staples, this season, leather shows its softer side. No tough biker jackets or studded S&M-looking cuff bracelets here–think well-tailored, feminine pieces in dreamy nudes and neutrals. So you can keep your flirty summer-dresses in the closet a tad bit longer, since the lighter side of leather proves that this beloved material truly is a season-less staple. 1.... Read More

Blogger Style: Angy’s Tea Room

We found Angelika Ardesheva’s blog, Angy’s Tea Room, by way of a Sartorialist post a few weeks back. You know, the one that generated over 1700 reader comments? If you happened to miss this post, here’s what Mr. Sart wrote that caused such a freak out: “I saw this young lady in Milan several times this past season. She is one of the crop of new bloggers. I loved that she’s a bigger, curvier girl than most of the other bloggers who you see in the press and... Read More

Leather Ease

This street look inspired us to resurrect the pleated leather pant, make them into high waters and add some finishing touches. To make this outfit look less hard core, add some Southwest-inspired turquoise jewelry and a bolo tie. Soften the look even further with the use of nude and rose colored shoes and bags. Oh and did we mention a loose soft tee? This is the perfect un-sculpted look that won’t make you sweat, but will have others sweating you! 1. Helmut Lang “Cracked... Read More

Baroque ‘n Roll

This season’s over the top rock n’ roll/baroque combo is as complex as if somebody fused Jimmy Hendrix with Louis the XIV and marched it down the catwalk backed by a choir of angels. Houses such as Rochas and Alexander McQueen pushed beyond staid minimalism, shattering it with an elaborately gilded bullhorn. Quick ladies: pick up a Fender, turn the dial to 10 and strum those chords as hard as you can… Because these ostentatious brocades and leathers, run across with... Read More

Rachel Bilson at Chanel Show

Rachel Bilson is the quintessential IT girl.  She’s absolutely adorable and has dated some of the hottest men in Hollywood, but it’s her personal style that gets us PLEATers panting.  Somehow she merges uptown sophistication with downtown casual while looking like she’s not even trying.  Unfortunately, her wardrobe budget is out of reach for most – her Chanel 2.55 handbag collection is particularly enviable.  But this leather AllSaints jacket worn... Read More

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... Read More