Warm-Weather Leather Is A Major Trend At Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week

It’s official, y’all! This Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week hath decreed it: warm-weather leather is officially a thing. While it seems impractical given the material’s luxurious thickness and the season’s sticky humidity, when has that stopped us before? Like, when was the last time any podiatrist cosigned a pair of HEELS? And yet, year-round fashion staple right thurr. *dusts hands off* The recent surge in the use of this fabric versus those more breathable, like, say, cotton, raises a few questions, namely whether it has anything to do with the price of cotton and/or consumers being more willing to spend a premium on leather over other materials. But we can’t deny that it also just looks reeeeeally badass. The dudes, I guess, have known that for a while (remember Kanye West’s debut Paris Fashion Week show? That makes a LOT more sense now), but this past week has confirmed that the leather (or leather-look!) steez is a definite do in MULTIPLE iterations for the coming spring and summer.

LEATHER DRESSES

Leather on the runways of Jason Wu, Mandy Coon, and Alexander Wang at Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week.
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The easiest way to get away with the leather trend is probably in the form of a leather dress. Our girl Joan Smalls gave it the stamp of approval, wearing a quilted Balmain version for her House of Style co-host announcement, and now we’ve seen it on the Spring 2013 runways of Jason Wu, Mandy Coon, and Alexander Wang. In dress form, you get the epidermal freedom of an open shoulder, arms that can breath, and depending on the cut, maybe even a little ventilation from an A-line skirt. The Wang version is especially ideal because the cut-outs provide that much more air circulation.

COLORFUL LEATHER

Leather on the runways of Reem Acra, rag & bone, and Derek Lam at Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week.
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One of the biggest things we look forward to with the coming of spring and summer is the excuse to get REALLY bold with color. While leather is commonly seen in black and brown – hides and tannins and whatnot – designers experimented with a way to have your cake and eat it too, to be able to rock both color AND leather simultaneously in the same piece. Reem Acra, rag & bone, and Derek Lam showed some of our favorite examples with a bright red dress, neon green laser-cut skirt, and a set of asymmetrical cobalt separates.

ALL LEATHER EVERYTHING

Leather on the runways of Michael Kors, Jeremy Scott, and Proenza Schouler at Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week.
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If you’re an extremist or you have an insanely high threshold for heat OR you had all your sweat glands surgically removed, this steez is for you: ALL. LEATHER. EVERYTHING. Michael Kors, Jeremy Scott, and Proenza Schouler paraded looks this season that were nearly 100% constructed of leather, and just looking at them is making us crank up the A/C in our already frigid Times Square offices. This look is not for the faint of heart, and good freakin’ luck trying to maintain anything but a STRICT updo in these pieces. Otherwise, you are a much stronger woman than we, so WERQUE, honey!

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