I really resent carrying an umbrella around with me, even in December. I find it too difficult to smoke and check my emails whilst holding one over my head and clothes. I am desperate to find a way to make myself waterproof in AW12 and therefore, all I want to wear is leather.
It’s as water resistant as the nylon jumpers I used to have to wear at school and also, it’s pretty rad. Sorry, vegans.
If I had all the money in the world, I’d be wearing SS13 Miu Miu PVC, Christopher Kane embroidered leather (please let the Balenciaga rumours be true) and Celine, Celine, Celine. But I don’t, and you probably don’t either. So here’s how to do it on a budget.
I'm a huge fan of Zara this season, they have some really great (and bargain) leather and PVC pieces. The faux-leather accent tees remind me of the Philip Lim dresses or the Markus Lupfer versions and they are only £20. Even their actually-from-a-cow leather accent coats are a bargain at £149.99. Also, their bags are amazing.
Second on my list of high street stores that do awesome interpretations of high-end pieces (knockoffs) is Topshop. When I lived in Paris, the thing I missed most after M&S sandwiches was Topshop and their super-fast turnover of trend items.
Their leather pinafore dresses are one of the cutest things I have seen this winter and with a little white shirt I am classifying them as office-wear. Also, the boots remind me of Balenciaga even though someone has given them the horrible title of 'Alien' boots. Weird.
Next up is the queen of online shopping sites, ASOS. I hate online shopping because I don't get the immediate satisfaction of buying something and then getting to wear it, but their next day delivery is free when you spend over £100 which is pretty rad.
The wiggle dress again reminds me of Markus Lupfer (I am really into his AW12, obviously) and, although the Just Female dress is £250, it is made of leather, and leather is expensive. That sounds like a fairly shabby justification, but whatever. It's cute.
I always really feel bad for the ASOS models though, because they have to wear so many looks and do that catwalk thing - which is amazingly useful to see how fabrics move when you can't see them in real life, but must be painfully boring to do a hundred times a day.
Finally, Bimba and Lola, the European store, has just come to London (although it's in Westfield which is like the seventh circle of hell) and I am super psyched. They have the most amazing tailored print combos and shift dresses - they are sort of like a more colourful version of COS, and they also have this amazing leather and sheepskin vest which I am dying over.
So there we have it - my favourite Autumnal leather pieces from the high street. Also - what are your favourite high street stores? I am on a constantly dwindling budget and I need suggestions or I am going to drown in my own tears over not being able to afford the Miu Miu coat I want that costs three months' rent. Distract me!
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