Skin Choice

By Rebecca McNelly-Tilford

Leather and pleather are our options now. Where once there was only leather or plastic now there are many offering in the faux leather market. But as a fashion statement whether you wear real or alternatives it is still a big statement. The addition of leather can add details, edge and sophistication to an outfit and the Spring Summer 2021 collections are heavy with classic or new material that can be manipulated into many forms and endless designs. Find out more in Skin Choice.

Karl Largerfield

Both the menswear and womenswear SS21 collections from Karl Lagerfield show elements of the leather look, from tailoring to hoodies and accessories this collection is a perfect example of how leather can be worn in any style.

Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne uses leather / leather-look details to add an edge to the SS21 collection. Pairing white lace dresses with knee-high leather boots, animal print coats are paired with leather trousers, as well as head-to-toe leather looks all coming together to create a collection whose juxtaposition compliments each other.


The SS21 collection from Alturzarra is a beautiful balance of beach / soft looks and combines them with heavy leather looks to create a modern collection. Details of belts and bag tie together all these elements while other pieces like jackets and dresses create statements.


The SS21 collection showcases perfectly how the leather / leather-look trend can be subtly injected into designs. From details like corset belts to accessories, if the leather look is too heavy for your personal style this can be an effortless way to portray leather details.

The techniques, too, are unexpected: a pair of blouson
leather pants have an elastic waist; a pair of denim jeans is reimagined in stonewashed silk duchess and embellished with dangling gold padlocks”.

Isabel Marant

This collection from Isabel Marant takes the leather look in a new direction with the introduction of colour, a perfect example of how leather can be worn transitional from season to season. Looks showcases dresses, jumpsuit and tops creating an elevated version of the leather elements.

Gabriela Heart

The leather trend from the Gabriela Heart SS21 collection presents looks that are head to toe leather, in the form of dresses, jackets and leather details. The pieces are timeless, minimalist and showcase the leather look in an effortless way.

Alexander McQueen

The Spring Summer 2021 menswear collection and womens pre-Spring Summer 2021 from Alexander McQueen both feather leather details via accessories, hybrid designs and bold contrasting elements. The menswear and womens wear collection are made predominantly from renewable materials that are out of stock.


Advocates menswear SS21 collection takes a particular focus on outerwear, keeping it transitional from season to season. The collection features designs from tailoring to denim and creating a leather-look element to jackets covering all styles and all-weather needs.


The SS21 collection from Nynne is a celebration of Summer in Scandinavia. With bright colours, minimal lines and bright colours are combined with leather / leather elements to create a collection that is perfect for the city.

the NYNNE Spring Summer 2021 collection revolves around female empowerment. The collection is a celebration of the soft beauty of women and the power in gentle expression”.  


Accessories in leather / leather-look are a timeless staple, and for the SS21 collection, Yuzefi takes unusual shapes and proportions and infuses them with practicality.

Our SS21 collection is a tribute to our personal and collective journeys through 2020 and the road that remains ahead. The evolution of Yuzefi’s iconic forms mirrors our search for new meanings and a new identity while reconnecting with senses of wonder and joy and embracing the old and the forgotten as we re-envision a new future.


Apparis always has ethical practices at heart, and this collection is no different. Showcasing that the leather look can be ethical but still look clean and stylish.

Apparis is a luxury fashion label known for their iconic, colorful and bold coats. Apparis mixes Parisian style with a New York attitude. The brand prides themselves on quality and cruelty-free practices. No animal products are ever used in the making of their coats”.

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