Author: Michelle

As simple as black leather trousers

A pair of black leather trousers from Vanessa Bruno is undoubtedly one of my best-ever fashion purchases, one that has faithfully made an appearance each winter for more than 10 years. This year, I’m liking the simplicity of teaming them with white in an equally tactile fabric, such as a cashmere knit, silk blouse or lace shirt.

Images: Khaite Resort 2019; Departement Feminin; Bassike; Isabel Marant Resort 2018.  

Shrink to fit

I was obsessed with this editorial, which ran in the May 1995 issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Photographed by Craig McDean and featuring the fabulous Kristen McEnemy, Shrink To Fit was an homage to the best 90s denim, from the darkest, skinniest jeans to hardwearing shirts.

Dries Van Noten, fall 2010

Fall 2010 has always been one of my very favourite collections from the wonderful Dries Van Noten. The combination of khaki and leopard, or grey wool with rich tan leather is timeless, while details like crazy embellished heels and military accents add a modern edge. Seven years after it first showed, I’ll still be looking to this particular combination of leather trousers and layered knits as inspiration for this winter.

Images: Dries Van Noten, fall 2010


Join the marines

A.P.C. regularly includes this particular shade of navy in its collections – and for good reason. A crisp and clear blue, it looks as good with denim as it does with black or burgundy. I have one of their Soho handbags in the hue and it’s proven to be incredible versatile and hard-wearing.

Image: The Dreslyn


The dark side

After a few seasons of wearing lighter wash denim, I’m preparing to resurrect an old pair of Acne ‘Hex DC’ jeans in a dark raw denim. With their narrow, straight leg, they offer one of my favourite silhouettes, but the current length is all wrong, so a trip to the tailor is on the cards. This image from The Line is providing a solid case for a crop that hits approximately two inches about the ankle bone. They’ll look just as good with flats as they do here with
Manolo Blahniks.

Image: The Line

The right accessories to wear with white lace

The popularity of little white blouses and tops in lace, crochet or broderie anglaise shows no sign of abating but it does carry a singular dilemma: which colour accessory is the best match? Black can feel too heavy for this diaphanous look but anything too pale starts to look saccharine. Tan leather may just be the ultimate compromise: tough enough to add an edge, but without weighing things down.

From a March 2016 story by Bloodorange, the model wears: Vanessa Bruno blouse; PB01010 bucket bag.

Image: Bloodorange

Isabel Marant updates her leather pants for pre-fall 2017

Leather trousers are a staple on the Isabel Marant runway – over the years, she’s offered them in black, red, even gold –but her latest version looks fresh and new in tan. The cut is a departure from her usual skinny fit, too: with their straight leg that’s cropped to several inches above the ankle, they’re versatile and easy to wear. Styled with a ruffled white blouse and flat sandals, they’re just right for the in-between season that is pre-fall.


A short lesson on wearing leather in the summer

It’s entirely possible to make leather work in the warmer weather; here are three steps to get started:
1. Keep it light: paler shades such as camel, tan and beige are preferable to heavier black or navy;
2. Keep it brief: flash tanned legs in a mini skirt;
3. Accessorise appropriately: with raffia details and a pair of summer sandals or espadrilles.

From an August 2015 story by Bloodorange, the model wears: Bassike knit; T by Alexander Wang box-pleat leather skirt; A.P.C. pochette; Calada espadrilles.