It started at Nicolas Ghesquière’s autumn/winter 2014 Louis Vuitton debut. Opening with a pointy collared leather car coat that swung with an ode to the 1970s, the Frenchman ushered in a season of leather appreciation, courtesy of his A-line minis, patchwork bomber jackets and spray-on black trousers. Also refreshing was his use of the skin as a trimming on all matter for retro-inspired dresses, just most each look was finished with a high-shine leather belt and stack heeled booties.
What this collection did curbside (in addition to making the Seventies an insta trend), was to inspire a whole new mode of leather dressing at the recent spring/summer 2015 shows. Moving past the classic leather pant or pencil skirt teamed with a statement knit or coat, we instead saw all matter of slimline tailored leather dresses, cut with a tasteful Milanese sophistication, along with long-line leather trenches. In the skirt arena, think fluted from a high waist, or cut long with little extra length to spell out ‘main attraction’ rather than the time-honoured reputation as a ‘stealth basic’. Also new to the mix was the pelt’s casual pairing with simple sandals and t-shirt jersey, which kept the overall look feeling fresh and youth centric.