New season leather
The devil is in the detail right? Ultra edgy and total bad ass, these pieces are only fit for those wanting to convert an outfit rather than have it slip quietly under the radar. If you're looking for run of the mill blah leather, you won't find them here! These are my favourite picks from the new season leather pieces excluding the regular must haves like leather pants, skirts and jackets (hey they've been done before) that are currently gracing the online stores.
Adding a superfluous collar (like this one from Marni) started to appeal to me a few seasons ago when they first became more readily available but it has taken me this long to find one that I thought was right. I love the two tone leather, the stiff structure and the brass catch. It turns it into such a feature piece and distinguishes it as an accessory in its own right rather than just seamlessly forming part of an outfit.
What more can I say... Belts are an easy way of adding extra oomph to an outfit and in my view every wardrobe should have at least one feature belt. You can get rather creative with something like this Prabal Gurung cut out belt with braided strap or add a slightly more simplified (but equally great version) like the Isabel Marant belt!
These Jil Sander ankle boots are my runway to real life winners! It's not that often that feature accessories convert easily to day to day wear but these boots tick all the boxes. A reasonable height heel, a sleek leather finish with a pointed toe makes these equally as fabulous with skirts and dresses as they are with destroyed jeans or tailored pants. These are my match everything, wear anywhere boot. If you're the adventurous type or looking to mix in another hue other than black, then check out the rich burgundy pair.
This Pierre Hardy leather backpack is one handy little bag especially with the means to carry it three ways by a simple adjustment of the straps. It's a modernised take on a traditional bag featuring over sized gold hardware and the subtle contrasting of navy suede trims against the black goat leather.
My partner shuddered when I showed him this Prabal Gurung regiment harness and for those who are entirely practical with dressing I'm sure you will be experiencing a similar sensation. But in fashion speak a harness can rule supreme. Who can forget when Blake Lively donned the Lanvin one. These women at least have me visualising some outfits with a harness. It's baby steps for me I'm afraid. Still, if I were able to work in a harness in real life (since this one seriously rocks), it would be on my wish list. A word of warning though, watch what you match it with. Personally I prefer delicate fabrics and the flow of a minimalist (and elegant) dress or skirt over pants to balance out the look. You don't want to go too dominatrix and it can be a fine line.
You may recall Fendi's studded creations from the previous season. Well these are the new kids on the block. Staying true to the geometric influence yet again are these Fendi perforated booties with a caged honeycomb heel and studded ankle strap. If I could use one word to describe what these would add to an outfit it would be attitude.
I love that this Kiki De Montparnasse leather bustier is lightly boned so will give a gorgeous silhouette with added support and it comes fully lined. Finally... Some practical design aspects focused on comfort that are normally missing with other leather tops on the market. How perfect is the lace back as well which adds to the sensuality of the piece.
And if you are brave enough, have an appropriate lifestyle and exude confidence then who could go past this Alexander McQueen dress. The figure skimming waist matched with that super cute flounce hemline really sells it for me. Although it's a tough look (hey it is leather), it's delicate in its own way too. Did I mention it is buttery soft and lined in silk. It almost makes you want to melt doesn't it!