- 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.
But fear not! This trend isn’t just for those on the runway, or those who can buy the high-end goods directly from it; currently, patent pieces can be found at any of your favourite boutiques, fast-fashion retailers, and department stores. And you can wear them a multitude of ways.
Big sleeves and high hemlines bring the ’80s back with a bang, while bustier dresses in high-shine PVC evoke a proactive sexuality, perfect for music gigs and wild nights out. Patent leather trousers are pure badass and look amazing when paired with graphic tees, choker necklaces and shiny Docs, but can be softened when paired with soft-knit tops. Pencil skirts in wet-look leather can also be styled into cool rock chic perfection, or teamed with a tailored blouse or embellished knit sweater for a more professional, feminine edge.
If you prefer to keep your patent leather subtle, look for light feminine hues or accessories. To tone down the hardness of the textile, look for full ’50s skirts in light shades of white, nude, canary yellow and silver. Nude patent leather heels are beautifully femme and go with everything, while high-shine pink leather will add a pop of glamour to any outfit. Your style will shine so bright.