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BLACK LEATHER!  The very thought conjures up fantastic images, many of them naughty, others with intense associations that make us stop and pay attention.  Black leather rarely, if ever, just passes by our window unnoticed.  It is a fabulous look.  A monied, designer look. It speaks of power, authority, mastery.

 

But black leather is also, sometimes too frequently, a dark look.  It is sometimes scary. Do we totally trust that person in black leather?  And what about the black leather uniform – all the pieces that go to make up this look?  The leather gloves. The dark sunglasses.  The silver chains of all sorts. The big watches. This is frequently a total expression look with accessories building on clothing pieces until the entire thing comes together to make a single, strong statement.  Black leather.  It isn’t for the timid!

 

Nothing is so hot as the leather jacket, that iconic biker look. Can you remember the edgy toughness of Hell’s Angels? Who wasn’t secretly thrilled by them? Who wasn’t turned on by Marlon Brando in The Wild One – it is now a classic!

   —But today’s jackets are not all that tough, at least not in that 1950s sense of the word.  Many are done in fabulously soft, luxurious calfskin and emit a shine that would almost rival diamonds.  They work with light, black as they are.  

 

                                       Zippers are Uptrending

 

BLACK LEATHER JACKETS are frequently designed with a heavy zipper look (some on the diagonal), making them a natural for one of the very trendy directionals in today’s markets: Zippers.

    —Zippers are designers’ new love interest, and they work more wonders on black leather than anything else.  Generally, the zippers are of heavy silver construction.  Ah, but look for bedazzling jeweled zippers as well.

 

It’s amazing how far black leather can go!  Now, it is being outfitted with sequins, crystals, and a bevy of other glistening gemstones. Scary now?  Not exactly!

 

   –I remember seeing Barbara Stanwick in a TV series some years ago.  She was well past 50, and she wore a totally black leather two-piece pants suit.  Granted, she was supposedly riding a horse at the time. But did she ever look fantastic!  It was the first time I ever saw a woman of her age look that vibrant, that fashionable, that sexy.  Black leather does that, for any age. 

 

Right now, black leather leggings are giving leather jackets a run for the money.  They are super hot! So are tight black leather slacks.  And tight little maxi-mini skirts. Wow!

 

                                               Soul Train

 

BLACK LEATHER WITHOUT METAL is lacking soul.  It cries out for silver, especially, but also gold.  Maybe bronze, or aluminum.  Something preferably shiny and hard.  Silver grommets on black leather are classic.  Silver jewelry with black leather practically goes without saying. It fulfills the black leather mystique.  It completes the expression.

 

HERE ARE SOME SMOLDERING SILVER PIECES TO MAKE YOUR BLACK LEATHER LOOK TURN HEADS:

 

 

 

 

  • Chain necklace with delicate links cut at angles to provide glimmer with movement.

 

High black leather boots that literally skim the skin like stockings are a big black leather expression for fall and winter. Pollini shows a great pair of boots that rise just above the knee, and have the look of a European military czar. 

 

Other black leather-plus looks include: A fabulous black alligator handle bag with gold hardware from Gucci. A little black leather belt with silver buckle from Donna Karan.  A classic A-line black leather skirt with just-above-the-knee hemline from Michael Kors.  A black calfskin maxi-mini skirt with double belted waist – it would take courage to be seen in this, and you can be sure you’ll be talked about for a long time to come.

    –Are you starting to get the idea?

   

 

                                                It Challenges

 

Black leather is everywhere and frankly, fashion would be less without it.  It gives an edge. It’s passionate, riotous. It is, frankly, so strong not everyone can wear it, and you might even say that it’ll scare away as many as it will attract.  Maybe more.  Because black leather breathes, and when it does, it seethes.  It vibrates.  It challenges.

 

Black leather has been stopping traffic through the years. It is the biker look.  Nothing else takes its place, period.  It is dominant in the official uniform of NYPD blue….and hundreds of other police departments across the country.   

 

—New York City police have the reputation for being remarkably good looking, and those black leather hot-shot uniform pieces add to the mystique dramatically.  They also go a long way toward intimidating when you’re stopped for a traffic violation. Canadian mounted police also have a smart take on black leather. Just look at them!

 

Italian haute couture designers have a passion for black leather.  Armani.  Louis Vuitton. Dolce & Gabbana. Versace. Italy has always understood the complicated and secret inner folds and labyrinths of the human psyche. No wonder they are masters of couture…and black leather!  

 

                               The Dark Side of Black Leather

 

THE NAZIS WERE skilled dark manipulators of the mind, and forged a system of psychological warfare that will no doubt be studied for many years to come. They were experts at creating fear in their opponents. By the time they marched into several European nations they had already instilled so much terror in the people, they were able to take over the countries with relative ease.  They had a reputation for incredible cruelty and violence. And, they wore a lot of leather.  Black leather.

 

Now, we don’t want to associate black leather and the Nazis too closely, but the fact is the German Third Reich used black leather insidiously in their military uniforms.  They purposely designed a look, an appearance, that seethed with power and was dangerous.  Black leather was an obvious uniform look.

 

                                         Leather and Fellini

 

BUT BLACK LEATHER is amazingly versatile, and contradictory. It is authoritative, and it represents institutional power as well as the wild side of individual freedom.  Just as it is frightening, it is alluring. It has to power to attract, to pull you in.  It is phenomenally sexy, and always has been.

 

Black leather is often what fantasies and dreams are made of; the famous Italian film maker Federico Fellini proved that again and again.  Fellini played with black leather masterfully, allowing it freedom to suggest or imply where we shouldn’t go, what we shouldn’t do, where we shouldn’t be. He knew it speaks directly to the ID.

 

GENERALLY, BLACK LEATHER LOOKS BEST WITH SILVER. BUT RECENTLY, GOLD HAS MOVED INTO ITS PROVINCE, STEALING SOME OF THE DRAMA.  GOLD TENDS TO SOFTEN BLACK LEATHER. IT IS NOT AS TOUGH OR AS DRAMATIC AS SILVER, BUT IT IS GOOD LOOKING!  TRY ACCESSORIZING WITH THESE PIECES:

 

 

 

 

  • Multiple bangles.  Choose antique gold or silver plating, ranging from simple to ornate.  Very trendy!
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