- Lifestyle & Sports
- 28 Aug 17
Patent leather can spark multiple mental pictures: rock stars on stage, exotic dancers, anything BDSM related, Britney Spears’ ‘Oops I Did It Again’ catsuit – and, of course, the fashion runways. While leather never goes out of style, these high shine iterations – from bustiers at Vuitton to patent trench coats in every colour – literally feel shiny and new, and surprisingly versatile. Whether you want to unleash your sexy side, your rock star chic or your professional power outfit, look no further than patent.
There are always style icons who predict the year’s biggest trends, and when Alexa Chung rocked a pair of black Yves Saint Laurent vinyl trousers to Glastonbury back in June, the future of patent was firmly cemented. Patent leather, vinyl, gloss, PVC – whatever you want to call it, the look was set to become one of winter 2017’s most popular trends. The style had been hinted at last year’s autumn runways, as Isabel Marant, Louis Vitton Kenzo and Lanvin all showcased high-shine looks.
Saint Laurent went for ’80s glamour, with vinyl dresses featuring huge puffed sleeves and waist-cinching, statement leather belts. Valentino picked sophisticated hues such as berry reds and maroons for their wet-look trenchcoats, while Lacoste went for a refreshing spin on this heavy textile, using citrus and clementine hue for their patent leather dresses. Elsewhere, Vanni Basetti went full rock star by teaming ripped band tees with red and black vinyl trousers.