Leather has taken on a new life on the runway. It is no longer worn by motorcycle gangs, feisty vixens, or cigarette-rolling rebels; it is embraced by fashionistas and their mothers alike. Designers have washed it, stained it, scuffed it, poked holes in it, and sewed it back up demonstrating its many unique forms. Thanks to the large and easily accessible technological advances in fashion manufacturing, designers have taken to laser cutting their fabrics in order to create dainty and sophisticated patterns like the beige Burberry Leather Trench Coat or the Stella McCartney thigh high perforated boots seen below. Giving leather a unique and feminine edge!
Some of these modern advances are also creating a surge in demand for fake leather, also known as pleather. It is a simple, affordable, and ethical alternative to the real thing. And designers love it! It is easier to wear fake leather into the changing seasons than real leather, and since it takes pigment so well it is able to come in a wide variety of colours, making it a great way to be trendy without breaking the bank!
I love how this highly symbolic fabric is used in polar opposite situations through construction and clothing choices. Take Loewe who transforms a simple leather dress by using a laser cut leather with a lace design to achieve that coquette look. While Burberry’s Christopher Bailey takes a burgundy leather skirt and sews on leather tassels to accentuate the movement in a woman’s walk.
Contrarily, Gareth Pugh uses his masterful morphing techniques to make a head-to-toe chevron leather look, further promoting the rebellious and avant-gardism associated with leather. All the while, the Italian fashion mega-house Fendi combines different types of leather for a utilitarian, minimalistic look that will put a simple jacket to shame.
From the prestigious and luxurious leather designer bags, to the leather soled shoes, to the young man seeking to associate himself with the 1950s sense of rebellion, and laissez-faire attitude of James Dean by buying a leather jacket, leather can be used as a status symbol in numerous social groups.
Here are some TÉLIO fabrics to get your leather collection going!