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Trendometer: Better in Leather

Fashion’s sleekest material is back in the spotlight. But is it a subtle nod you’ll opt for, or full-on hell for leather?

A leather glove brings a seductive wink to any outfit. Subtle yet fabulous, it is the perfect accessory for those who like their leather on the lighter side.

Phillip Lim and Tibi use leather panelling to dip their toes in the trend. Bring a punk edge to an evening look with collage-like textures and exposed zips.

A leather pencil skirt is a timeless transeasonal investment. If you want something more specific to 2013, think Forties A-line shapes and striking white leather.

Maximum impact isn’t just about how much leather you wear. For real drama opt for patterned or coloured styles. Try MSGM for patent or Alexander Wang for python print.

Phillip Lim and Tibi use A full leather look is brave. To avoid looking like an extra from Grease, go for a grungy biker jacket and skinny leather drainpipes, or androgynous leather culottes with a boxy leather tee.

by Laura Hawkins