Vintage: Finding Fall 2011 Leather Trends From The Past

August 22, 2011 • Magazine, Vintage

As you have probably noticed, one of the top Fall 2011 RTW trends is leather. We saw a variety of this shiny luxury skin in black and other natural shades (browns, clay, caramel, cognac) with various textures and in many shapes at NY Fashion Week last February. From long flowey trench coats to slim cropped pants, leather made its mark on practically every runway. Many of the new shapes for fall 2011 were reminiscent of days gone by, mostly from the 70s and 80s.

You can incorporate these looks into your fall wardrobe without spending a fortune with vintage leather finds. There is a lot of what I will call “recent vintage” leather apparel which is easy to find at thrift shops, your mother’s closet, or maybe even your own closet! Although not technically considered vintage, a lot of these leather looks can be found from the 90s.

Look for the right shapes and proportions and you will appear as if you walked right off the runway. Don’t overload on vintage leather by wearing more than one item at a time. One leather item put together with new wardrobe pieces will make you look totally on-trend for Fall 2011.

1. Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 RTW Leather Pencil Skirt
Vintage Version: Dark Brown Reptile Print Long Leather Skirt, 1980s or 1990s $45

2. Nanette Lepore Fall 2011 RTW Full Leather Skirt
Vintage Version: Smooth Leather Straight Lined Long Skirt, 1980s, now $29.99

3. Ralph Lauren Fall 2011 RTW Long Leather Trench Coat
Vintage Version: Fitted Black Leather Women Coat Jacket, 1970s, $79.12

4. Jill Stuart Fall 2011 RTW Clay Red Leather Pants
Vintage Version: Red Leather Tapered Peg Leg Trouser Pants, 1980s or 1990s, $33.06

 Runway Photos: NYMag

—Carol Calacci

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