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Luxury Lust- J Brand Black Leatherwool Alberta Pea Coat

J Brand Black Leatherwool Alberta Pea Coat

Luxury Lust

J Brand Black Leatherwool Alberta Pea Coat

The J Brand Black Leatherwood Alberta Pea Coat from Shopbop is the perfect winter coat for those that have edge. It is wool and leather and looks pretty badass. The problem is that not only does it come in really small sizes, it cost $1320. Supreme sad face to the max. A girl can dream though… Photo from Lyst.

TREND Report: leather

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For many people, wearing leather in a place other than your belt loops, around your wrist or on your feet is a strange concept.  For fashionistas, however, it’s a completely different story.  The Fall ready-to-wear 2011 collections offered up the best in all-over leather: skirts, leggings, jackets, vests and even dresses!  The effect: Amelia Earhart meets fashion editor.  Mixing a leather skirt with a casual sweater screams effortless chic, while a loose vest is the perfect extra layer as the weather starts to cool down into fall.  And, for those of you less inclined to wear the real thing, never fear!  There are plenty of faux options available from some of your favorite designers including Stella McCartney.

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Trend Report: Leather

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The fall/winter season has seen an interesting juxtaposition.
On the one hand, we have the demure lady-like looks of the 1950’s and the return of old Hollywood glamour.
On the other hand, we have the return of the bad-ass babe, pulling references from the fetish culture right and left.

I personally think that the mix of the two is simply delicious.

One way designers put a little dare-devil into their collections was a liberal use of leather.
The little leather biker jacket, liquid leggings, and black boots *yawn*….

Time to stretch your boundaries a bit and pull out the leather over-the-knee boots, skirts, dresses, shorts and did I hear a request for a great cognac leather shirt a la Celine?

Of course, the question is always how to wear leather without looking like a dominatrix in training.

Pick a Statement

One fabulous leather piece is enough to add edge to an otherwise boring outfit, or try wearing a piece with leather cut-outs or leather piping for just a touch.

Sugar and Spice

This is why the lady-like look seems such a natural look to match with leather to me. The easiest way to tame down leather is to pair it with something girly or conservative for a fabulous contrast.

Lighten Up

Try a cognac or blonde leather instead of black to make the look lighter. Bonus, it will also make it easier to wear during the day, and appropriate for spring and (in the colder climates) summer.

How to Care for Leather

Keep in mind that leather is in fact skin, just like yours.

So when you first bring it home, spray it with a leather protectant to keep it from drying out, protect it from water and make it easier to clean.

Oil and polish it as necessary to keep it from cracking or to repair scuffs.

Try to keep it from getting wet (as much as possible, but hey, life gets in the way). If it does get wet, just let it dry in a cool, dark room. If it dries too fast it will crack the leather. For shoes, stuff them with tissue or soft cloth to absorb all of the moisture.

When you do need to clean it, don’t use solvents or soap, instead just use a warm damp cloth on leather or a soft brush on suede.

And of course, pleather is always a great vegan option, which you can keep clean with just a little soap and water.

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Date by erind90 featuring sheer tights

Girls Night

Bisous!
Erin at Pixel Perfect

Fall 2010 Trends

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If you have been following the shows in New York, you have probably seen lots of leather, velvet, fur, menswear for women, and leggings.  New York is telling the world that those are the trends that are in for the fall. PETA will not be happy about this.  Two collections that used a bit of all of those elements were the Altuzarra and Alexander Wang collections. Photos from Style.com.
The Altuzarra collection had lots of leather, velvet, menswear influences. A lot of the pieces were very tight and structured. Some of the tuxedos and fur coats reminded me of Tom Ford’s run at Gucci  There was one catsuit that reminded me of Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman catsuit from Batman. Many of the leather pieces had stitching criss crossing along the outer parts of the garments.
The Alexander Wang collection had plenty of menswear, leather, and velvet to go around.  Velvet was draped over the arms or made into short dresses. Some velvet hung from backpacks. Chunky platform heels were draped with the bottoms of extra long leggings.  There was an excellent motorcycle jacket that Wang elongated all the way to the floor. Some people were put off by the menswear look in  the collection. It was either a you like it or not collection. I must say, the unwearableness of the collection caught me off guard, but I can appreciate the art of it all.