Lady Leather: this autumn’s new take on subversive chic

A mood of refined elegance is prevailing this autumn; on the runways ladylike models, reminiscent of Hitchcock muses, sashayed their way down the catwalk.  The sound of  slim heels click-clicking and the swish-swoosh of full skirts were the soundtrack of the season.  Necklines are set to be modestly high, waists are nipped in and well-manicured hands are delicately sheathed in dainty gloves.  It’s a classically beautiful look that works for lots of women, however, this time round the Hitchcock heroine has a sting in her tail.

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Jonathan Saunders A/W13. Photo courtesy of Style.com

The most elegant clothes of the season are produced in a subversive material – leather.  Not just your standard black either –fall’s incarnation of Tippi Hedren comes in a bounty of colours, from ruby red and emerald teal at Prada to delicate grey-lilac at Proenza Schouler.  Gucci went down a more dark and murky route, but the reference to Tippi was crystal clear.  Jonathan Saunders took the look to a whole new level with patent leather sculpted to the female form.

 

 

Prada A/W13. Photo courtesy of Style.com
Prada A/W13. Photo courtesy of Style.com
Prada A/W13. Photo courtesy of Style.com
Prada A/W13. Photo courtesy of Style.com
Proenza Schouler A/W13. Photo courtesy of Style.com
Proenza Schouler A/W13. Photo courtesy of Style.com
Gucci A/W13. Photo courtesy of Style.com
Gucci A/W13. Photo courtesy of Style.com
Gucci A/W13. Photo courtesy of Style.com
Gucci A/W13. Photo courtesy of Style.com

Make no mistake; this look is not about Miss Whiplash corsets, boots and whips – the Hitchcock heroine has too much finesses for anything so obvious.  This look is about refined femininity juxtaposed with the tough, endurance of leather.  How like woman herself.

 

 

 

Jonathan Saunders A/W13. Photo courtesy of Style.com
Jonathan Saunders A/W13. Photo courtesy of Style.com
Jonathan Saunders A/W13. Photo courtesy of Style.com
Jonathan Saunders A/W13. Photo courtesy of Style.com

Sexiness is underplayed but still present, seething under a layer of exquisitely cut leather. The conservative finesse of an early 60’s silhouette in conjunction with the leather tailoring creates an intoxicating blend – it’s the archetypal Lady, gone astray.  It’s Tippi Hedren, but badass.

Gucci A/W13. Photo courtesy of Style.com
Gucci A/W13. Photo courtesy of Style.com