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Tuesday, July 26th 2011

Pre-Fall 2011: A Fresh Take on Leather

Pre-fall pieces continue to come in, and among them are some of the most gorgeous leather clothing items I’ve ever seen. Designers have managed to make the material once reserved for boots and biker jackets soft and feminine, the antithesis of intimidating.

There are plenty of leather jackets (my favorites are by Donna Karan New York, Helmut Lang, and 3.1 Phillip Lim), but the best items coming through this season are a little less obvious. Take the Alexander Wang shirtdress pictured. Chiffon sleeves and well-placed slits give the leather a logic-defying, airy feel. In the world of separates, there are skirts both pencil (Sachin + Babi) and full (AIKO, Zac Posen) that beg to be worn with an Equipment blouse, and a pair of Alice + Olivia shorts that make the notion of wearing leather when it’s 90 degrees far more plausible. Just pair with a weightless T by Alexander Wang tank, K. Jacques sandals, and Ray-Ban sunglasses.


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