Leather is back (again) – but not as you know it. The fashionable regular is making itself known as a wardrobe must-have, but this time around on the trend cycle it is reinvented as statement separates.
Trendsetters tipped leather separates to be one of the defining looks of 2021, and the fashion forecast was spot on.
Or, as the Independent’s Olivia Petter wrote after London Fashion Week, “Whatever we’re doing in autumn, designers say we’ll be doing it in leather.”
Or, more specifically, in leather blazers, leather pants, leather tops and leather shorts in hues of black, tan, camel, cream and adorned with embellishments.
But don’t let the term “separates” fool you, these separates are made to be worn together.
Pair leather coats with leather pants, leather skirts with leather tops – and leather accessories with every/any thing.
Or, mix with your favourite ribbed tanks and tees, cashmere and woollen sweaters, and floaty feminine blouses and frocks.
It’s time trade in those cute cardigans for some heavy-duty winter warmers – we’re talking about jackets and coats. Metropol gets the lowdown on all of the latest jackets we’re seeing coming through in fashion.
TIME TO TAN: Gone are the days of minimal layers and getting a tan… winter is the season to wear tan. The Cocoon Jacket from Ketz-ke is a stylish option that is super soft and snuggly on the inside and sophisticated on the outside.
LET THERE BE LEATHER: The leather jacket is a statement piece that has reigned supreme for decades. Change it up by opting for a non-traditional colour like red or blue. There are even vegan leather options on the market or just go for a faux.
LONGLINE, HERE FOR THE LONGRUN: The longline winter coat is a must-have for the 2020 cold season. With coats that go down to or past your knees, you won’t be feeling that winter chill creeping up your back. Button it up or leave it loose, either way will bring elegance to your closet.
TICK FOR TRENCH: If you find the right one, a trench coat can be a beloved wardrobe piece for years to come, after all, this is a classic that never seems to go out of fashion. The popular double-breasted silhouette is strong transitional piece which will take you through winter and into spring and summer. In 2020, we’re seeing arty detailing, like leather panelling, ruffled bodices, open slit sleeves and double lapels.
The leather jacket is an iconic silhouette which has crossed the sartorial divide from street star to high fashion, and it has remained there ever since.
With its cult street appeal, this amour of cool is a jack of all fashionable trades; toughen up a floral dress or pull together a chic, all-black ensemble – it’s all about adding a bit of exterior edge to an otherwise easy-going aesthetic. Our very own Trelise Cooper has done just that with the Whatever the Leather Jacket, pictured, in her soon to be released Spring 2020 collection.
Despite its tough exterior, leather can soften easily, so while you may have the crisp white shirt and patent leather shoes to make any mother in law proud, a pair of leather pants can add some much-needed edge to a play-it-safe look, or why not pair that leather pencil skirt with a light silk blouse to rock a completely different vibe.
Strong, tough and provocative, leather represents strength and that’s what you want when you’re heading to the office. An investment watch or briefcase is power dressing at its finest.
While leather can add luxe to your wardrobe, the latest leather looks aren’t all dark and moody. Brown leather is classic and sophisticated. It looks crisp and clean with white and can be thrown over a casual look to completely alter the ensemble at face value.
So, why not take a walk on the wild side and be a ‘lady of leather’?
It’s been said that if diamonds are a girls’ best friend, then handbags are family, and you’re sure to find the bag of your dreams at Furmoo – the coolest wee bag shop in town.
Sassy styles and demure designs are what you’ll find at Furmoo: home to a tastefully crafted collection of handbags, travel bags, wallets, clutches, passport holders, keyrings and more. Locally owned by Shelley Double, this boutique accessory business was established to provide women and men who like beautiful things with stylish, high-quality accessories, while keeping both affordability and fair-trade in mind.
Shelley works directly with the factory in Indonesia – a factory she wholeheartedly supports. “I’m all about giving back,” Shelley says, and it is because of this unique and laudable approach to business that the factory has been able to thoroughly improve their working environment.
The accessories are all individually handmade and dressed in either premium cowhide or ‘crazy horse leather’; an ultra-long-lasting leather made of full grain cowhide. With a vintage-y feel that develops character with age, this leather is used for all products in the ‘Fur Man’ range.
Picking a bag or wallet that’s perfect for you is easy thanks to the myriad of styles, designs and colours that are available both in store and online, plus there’s a new and unique style added to the range every week! Furmoo can also customise any bag to suit your taste.
Stylish, long-lasting, affordable and fair trade – what more could you ask for? Browse their collection at 3/177 High Street or shop online at www.furmoo.co.nz.
Peter O’Brien mastered the art of leathercraft back in the ’70s on the West Coast. Then two and a half years ago, he revisited his passion, custom-making exquisite handmade leather goods full time.
With specialist tools from America, he stamps and embosses the leather to create unique one-off pieces to order, using only top-quality hides from a natural vegetable-based tanning process.
The amazing designer handbags or student satchels are a structured style that will last for years – likely a lifetime. They are all hand lace stitched with extra-strong thread. “It’s quite time-consuming, but I find it enjoyable and relaxing,” Peter says. “No one will have the same – you’ll be the only one in the world with that bag.”
Village Leathercraft can now laser any picture or design to fit. Recent works were an intricate fantail on a bag for a German client, and also stunning albatross design for a pilot from Bahrain.
Peter says there’s nothing like a great fitting belt. “Our strong leather eventually softens, then melds with the contour of the body.”
Individually designed and patterned, they make fantastic gifts for bride grooms, embossed with names and dates.
He makes sturdy practical pouches for any purpose, from gardeners to builders, to hold personal tools, phones and equipment. And American chefs have ordered his tailor-made protective knife rolls. Hard-wearing dog collars can be personalised with names, colours and patterns.
When it comes to flash fabrics, leather is held in pretty high regard. While leather can add luxe to your wardrobe, the latest leather looks aren’t all dark and moody. There is after all, so much more to this timeless staple than biker jackets and boots. So, take a walk on the wild side and be a lady of leather.
1 – POWER PLAYER:
Strong, tough, provocative, leather represents strength and that’s what you want when you’re
heading to the office. An investment watch or briefcase are power dressing at its finest.
2 – MIX AND MATCH:
You may have the crisp white shirt and patent leather shoes to make any mother in law proud, but a
pair of leather pants can add some much-need edge to a play-it-safe look.
3 – SAFE SPACE:
Brown leather is classic and sophisticated. It looks crisp and clean with white and can be thrown
over a casual look to completely alter the ensemble at face value.
4 – YOU LITTLE SOFTIE:
Despite its tough exterior, leather can soften easily. Pair that leather pencil skirt with a light
silk blouse to rock a completely different vibe.
5 – BETTER WITH AGE:
An investment piece, real leather actually looks better with age. So purchase wisely and it will
stand the test of time.
6 – KICK INTO GEAR:
Incorporate some luxe leather into your wardrobe from the ground up, with leather looks on offer
from heels through to some cool new kicks.