Leather Luxe

By Sharon Mosley

July 19, 2012 3 min read

You're never too old to wear leather, and this fall the luxe look abounds, from quilted leather vests to moto jackets to sleek dresses and coats. The leather fashion brigade this season takes its cues from the edgy style of Rooney Mara in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." The muse for this year's leather looks, which popped up in almost every designer's collection, was part urban warrior and part sophisticated glam-rock queen. Here are the hottest trends to incorporate into your wardrobe -- whether you like a little drama or a lot:

--Black leather. Ever since James Dean donned the black leather motorcycle jacket in "Rebel Without a Cause," black leather has been a classic fashion icon. And this fall, you'll see black leather not only in form-fitting jackets, but chic dresses, trench coats, skirts and trousers. Worn head to toe, black leather is the ultimate in urban style. If you only do one piece of this trend, invest in a quilted black vest or jacket and wear it with everything in your wardrobe from jeans to maxi skirts.

--Colored leather. Black is not the only way to work leather this fall. There are plenty of colorful ways to step out in this rich look. Bordeaux or a dark crimson was a favorite from the fall runways, appearing in everything from turtlenecks and sheath dresses to military-styled coats and jackets. But dark midnight blue was another hit. And there are plenty of leather looks on the paler side: soft corals, roses and creamy whites.

--Textured leather. Take the blacks, the reds and the blues one step further, and you've got designers who are putting their "stamp" on the stylish skin and beefing up the fashion quotient with embossed textured patterns that add a little something to the luxe leather look. Animal prints make the biggest impression, but leather that looks like lace is another big trend, too.

--Shined-up leather. You also can get your leather fix in shiny style. Get a glow on with beautiful pieces that have an iridescent sheen. Saturated colored leathers look best when they take on a subtle shimmer.

--Luxe leather accessories. If you're not going to invest in a red leather dress or a navy blue leather turtleneck, you can still get your leather fix with accessories. There are plenty of statement-making pieces in embossed structured clutches and totes (the bigger the better this fall), knee-high boots and shooties (shoe boots).

Sharon Mosley's weekly column, "In Fashion," can be found at creators.com.

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