Warm Leatherette

The labels with designs on your second skin

Photography by Alexander Neumann

Styling by Vittoria Cerciello

Animal hides have come a long way since prehistoric times when man relied on them for essential clothing and shelter. In contemporary society, black leather sends out a range of signals, covering everything from the punk attitude of a studded biker jacket to the fetishistic connotations of black patent heels. For this autumn, designers have continued to explore an array of possibilities. Texture or embellishment has repositioned the material as a winter staple once again. At Versace, that meant a reissue of Gianni Versace's chain mail and gothic crosses, matched with mini-fringes recalling Millennium's Lisbeth Salander character. Meanwhile, Lanvin opted for delicately embossed paisley patterns. A big shiny black leather coat will always hold interest, and impressed at Costume National - as did those who regularly turn it out, like Max Mara. Disciplined at Yves Saint Laurent by Stefano Pilati, perennially dark for Rick Owens, and sporty at Alexander Wang - complete with mesh gags. Established leather houses such as Loewe triumphed once more and Fendi, renowned for its treatments with fur and skin, showed impressive suits in mini crocodile. At Valentino, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli's dresses were given a powerful update in black leather and the house's signature red. Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci put his magic touch to the fabric with second-skin turtle-neck mini-dresses and knee-length boots with heel-covering sheaths. This season promises an appealing menu of options for you to tough it out. §

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