Leather may not be the traditional material that comes to mind when planning your warm-weather wardrobe. However, that is about to change.
The boundaries between seasons are becoming much less defined. Globally, the industry is moving into a new direction where consumers become focused on quality of design and longevity of wear. In spite of seasonal trends, age-old staple items and materials will experience rapid sales growth. Leather and sustainable alternatives are at the forefront of a cultural shift which embraces a ‘buying less, but better’ ethos. Discover current seasonal trends used by sustainable materials.
What sets new designs apart is loose tailoring, from paper-bag-waist shorts to culottes and tunics as well as feminine dresses. Forget the heavyweight pieces you wore throughout winter. On the other hand, look to lightweight alternatives that can carry your wardrobe all the way through to autumn. The leather shirt has become the new staple piece, championed for its versatility and chic edge. Alternatively, the effortless leather t-shirt is rising in popularity as the need for smart dressing declines. There is definitely something for everyone!
Leather fair “Lineapelle” showcased a surge in demand for sustainable leather alternatives this year. Brands have begun to innovate with leather alternatives that are derived from nature. For example, the cactus-based Desserto, mushroom- based Reishi and vegan beLEAF. Fruit-based materials also offer a viable selling point as consumers become more conscious of the impact of their purchases and call for brands to invest into sustainable practises. For fantastic faux leather, innovative brand Nanushka continues to offer the best vegan alternatives in the form of wrap dresses, skirts, mini dresses and structural tops. In a recent panel, owner Sandra Sandor explains why being eco conscious was important for her line,
“On a personal level, sustainability was always very important to me. I really love nature and I really felt that year after year working in the fashion industry, I really felt that since it’s a polluting industry, and the more I knew about it, I really felt that I wanted to give something back and balance out at least as much as I can, and to contribute to that balance. It organically came about.”
On the runway
Look to Loewe for lightweight overcoats and trenches. John Anderson’s view of the luxury brand as a super-refined Spanish leather goods company. The product totally shines through these beautifully crafted garments.
If you want to tap into the season’s colorful-leather trend, look to SS20 catwalks. From Jacquemus, Marni and Louis Vuitton, all offering timeless shapes in bright shades that work well for summer seasons.
Animal prints are still prominent on the runway, highlighting their space in timeless fashion. Take the opportunity to have fun and add playful exotics to your leather pieces for stand out styling. Stand Studio has mastered the combination, creating an exciting yet wearable collection for SS20.
Words by Rhiannon Hudson