Traditionally reserved for the winter months, leather is usually overlooked during our long (ish) British summer (ish). So you may be surprised at the leather reprisal gracing the catwalks this SS19.
Leather is now no longer confined to a bag or a jacket; it’s a dress, a shirt, even shorts if you’re feeling particularly promiscuous. The catwalks were prowling with fierce, summer leather looks, coupled with dewy skin and windswept, messy hair. The leather coat was certainly a staple for this season, seeing the likes of Versace, Hermès and Ferragamo showcasing coats in sumptuous Moroccan palettes of reds, blues and browns that suit all skin tones.
Spanish fashion brand Loewe’s soft bucket shaped leather bags are an effortless, casual addition to the relaxed, unstructured summer wardrobe, while their raffia bag with leather details gives it a grown-up, elevated summer feel, taking you seamlessly from beach to boardroom.
A move towards sustainable fashion sees vegan leather (posh pleather) really coming into its own in recent months, so you can strut the streets 100% cruelty free; whichever material appeals to you, it’s now wearable all year round.
So this summer, all together now, let’s get leathered.
By Lizzy Greenwood
Artwork by Sasha Green