Looking Forward: The Leather Looks of Fall 2012
Posted by on August 27, 2012 | 5:00 pm EST

It just won’t be fall without a slew of leather pieces to distract us from the nail-biting cold of the incoming season. From the never-ending appearances of the biker jacket to the unforgiving fit of the currently-trending leather dress, make no mistake that leather is the fabric of fall. As seen on the runways across four major fashion capitals, leather-heavy pieces remain the most dominating garment bound to hit retail stores in a matter of weeks.

Although leather is a familiar face come fall/winter fashion season, designers sharpened their thinking caps to deliver a barrage of fresh and inspiring 2012-approriate ensembles. At Acne, leather dresses were far from the current fascination with hourglass-creating silhouettes, ushering in the magnificent madness of deconstruction. Frocks were kept architectural and edgy, putting the spotlight on impeccable tailoring rather than the woman’s body. The same concept was prevalent on the Alexander Wang catwalk, with oversized and deconstructed biker jackets stealing the show.

Treading a similar path towards countering the heightened sexiness of leather was the house of Christian Dior. Putting a spin on the classic 1950s silhouette, then-designer Bill Gaytten churned out fabulously demure dresses that had leather panels for a restrained sense of edge. The contrast between velvety soft textiles and stifling leather happened at the Calvin Klein catwalk show as well. Dirty yellow skirts were pitted against tough leather bodices, playing up the picture of a lady devotedly attached to her inner tough girl.

As for colors, black was the runaway winner. Occasionally however, labels spruced up the fabric in glorious ruby red shades, somber forest greens and subdued taupe. This deviation hinted at the textile’s potential to get into the preferences of decidedly feminine women, a welcome change from leather’s constant attachment with all things tough and rough.

Besides jackets and dresses, leather pants and skirts also made a resounding splash on the runway. Although there has never been a void in that department, this season departs from the extraordinarily common leggings, skinnies and minis. Instead, we welcome loose fits and slouchy silhouettes similar to the ones Clements Ribeiro offered at his London show. At Herve Leger, the use of leather was truly maximized, fashioning it into pleated skirts and unsurprisingly, bandage dresses.

While we’re already being bombarded with celebrities on the red carpet clad in all sexed up leather dresses, the incoming season’s more mixed approach, consisting mainly of descriptive words such as rugged, sexy, feminine and architectural, is promising a more adventurous perspective. Click through the slideshow above to see some of our most loved looks from the fall 2012 season that showcased fashion’s incredible lust for leather.

Photos from iMAXtree.com

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