By Deirdre Carroll: Senior Editor
WHO: Fashion powerhouses Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Balmain and Gucci, as well as Celine and Akris, all heavily relied on leather fabrications in their Spring/Summer 2011 presentations. It’s a trend savvy stylistas and stylistos will want to jump on early to pair with their winter shearlings, wools and plaids and then happily carry into spring.
WHAT: Designers are making the most of leather’s versatility, rich textures and upscale appeal. It’s a timeless fabric that is repeatedly revived and re-invented. To tap into this trend, eyewear designers have really stepped up their use of leather in their 2011 collections. Earthy tones and warm supple textures next to the face in chilly weather is a luxury attainable by most now as designers wrap, cover and swathe sunwear in these natural skins.
WEAR: (Clockwise from top left) Gucci GG 1943/S in a toasty cognac colored leather wrapped all the way around the brow bar, eye rim and down the temples from Safilo. The Hunter sunnies from Lori Rodkin Eye Couture by Sama come in titanium with white gold details and features brick-hued leather trim on the endpieces and wide temples. The house of Trussardi has a long heritage in small leather goods; it’s a heritage they’re putting to good use in their new eyewear collection with Charmant, as evidenced by the glamorous TR12805 sunglasses in bone acetate with a generous helping of snake stamped leather on the outer rim. This Ermenegildo Zegna SZ 3169V sunglass from MARR International features luxuriously wrapped temples and upper eye rim in warm and subtle russet leather. One of the Chanel icons is their quilted leather handbags. Brilliant as ever, the brand has applied the leather quilting to the wide paddle temples of the 5202-Q sunglasses for spring from Luxottica (shown here in a lovely deep aubergine) with an added twist! The padded panel swings up on a branded hinge to reveal mirrors on both temples! C’est magnifique!
WHY: Its leather! Leather is an ideal fabric for winter weather since it doesn’t just protect from the harsh climate but also makes you look truly stylish. Leather has a timeless appeal and can be considered a trend worthy of investment. Inherently sensual, leather accented eyewear is also classic and can easily transition into spring and summer as the temperatures rise.
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