Leather is perfectly a versatile material, it can be dressed up and down, masculine and feminine, pretty and edgy; and used for many purposes. Its no wonder that the fashion houses around the world have made it a signature fabric in their collections. Leather plays a prominent role in several of the trend categories for the fall/winter 2014 fashion season, from the active wear designs to the bohemian chic designs, you will see leather on the runway from head to toe.
The first trend that leather is rockin’ is the punk-rock designs. This category portrays leather in a cool and edgy vibe with embossed leather gloves, motto leather jackets paired with skinny pants or distressed jeans. The rocker look is complemented by pleated and wrap around leather A-line skirts, and men’s leather sweaters. The color scheme is dark hues, the likes of dark denim, deep purples, burgundy and black. The punk rock trends are also accessorized with metallic studded belts and zippers that are on everything from the shoes to the shoulder bags and biker jackets.
The active wear trend is more sport chic with the efforts of laser cut knee high leather shoes from Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior’s colorful sneaker designed high heels. Balmain’s collection incorporates leather roping on his military inspired designs which creates structure and detail. The cargo pants paired with the leather bomber jackets give his collection a ‘ready for action’ look and a classic touch with the silhouette frames.
The active wear trend is equestrian design friendly with knee high leather boots designed both in the natural colored suede skins and in black leather varieties. Tom Ford’s collection had a series of comfortable cowboy boots in animal prints, metallic, reds and black leather. Chanel contributed to the active wear trend by pairing loose fitting leather shorts with baggy leather trousers and eye catching colorful sneakers. From crafty laser-cut shoes to bomber jackets and leather trousers, fitness just got fashion forward with leather.
The bohemian chic trend revisits the fashions of the 60’s and 70’s with bold colors and prints on feminine silhouettes. Furry shearling in warm hues is a key ingredient for this boho chic trend as well as Mongolian fur vests, colorful collars, and fox fur boots . Another staple is natural colored suede shoes from thigh high boots to ankle flat-forms. Suede fringed handbags and shoulder bags round out the trend.
In these few trends leather plays a big role, but throughout the many designers collections for this upcoming autumn/winter 2014 season you will find leather abundantly present. Leather is here to stay this season and many more to come.