Every now and then, the fashion world likes to take us for a wild ride with a trend that is as daring as it is dashing and the subject of today’s Trend Report—leather dresses—is a perfect example. Yes, dear readers, thanks to notable labels like Loewe and Gianfranco Ferré and tastemakers such as Nicole Richie and Malin Akerman, a leather dress is the must-have piece of the month. So, if you’re ready to explore some fresh styling ideas and pick up a leather dress of your own, make sure you read on, as there is plenty of inspiration in today’s Trend Report!
Here at Mama’s A Rolling Stone, we believe a great outfit stays true to the personality of the person wearing it, which is why we love this ensemble by actress Vanessa Hudgens. Not only does it have a young and playful vibe, but it is chic and slightly sassy. We particularly like the way Vanessa has styled it with just a simple pair of ankle boots. The result? A look that makes a statement without going over the top. To put together a similar look, pick up ASOS Black’s Leather Insert Peplum Dress ($84.27) or Halston’s Leather Mini Dress ($898.50) and pair it with Vince Camuto’s Alexia Ankle Booties ($129).
Over the years, designer Nicole Richie has proven herself to be a fashion chameleon—on any given day, you might find her channeling a bohemian vibe or trying out a rock and roll look. At Givenchy’s fall 2011 runway show, Nicole opted for a sleek and sophisticated look with an edge: a leather shift dress and snakeskin pumps. The result is a look that works perfectly for a night out with the girls or an industry event. Try it for yourself by picking up Maje’s Aspirine Dress ($545) or Susana Monaco’s Nina Leather Dress ($336) and pairing it with Pour La Victoire’s Haya Snake-Print Pumps ($159).
Actress Malin Akerman consistently pops up on our style radar, and her latest look—the leather dress and chunky heels she wore to the New York premiere of The Bang Bang Club—is no exception. Malin’s tan dress balances a flirty silhouette with structured leather, which makes for an interesting twist, and her accessories are spot on also! All in all, this look is perfect for a date night or cocktail party! To give it a try, grab ASOS’s Asymmetric Leather T-Shirt Dress ($118.34). Then, simply add a pair of Enzo Angiolini’s Fietel Heels ($99) or Miu Miu’s Patent Leather Booties ($675).
To us, Heidi Klum appears fearless—she successfully balances four children with a flourishing career, looking stylish all the while—so we weren’t surprised to see Heidi step out in a bold ensemble for last week’s Britweek Gala dinner in Los Angeles. Her leather dress—complete with a subtle snakeskin print—feels edgy but not over the top, which is perfect for the modern mother! To create a similarly stylish ensemble, pick up Vince’s Lambskin Leather Dress ($595) or Rag & Bone’s Tribeca Leather Dress ($925). To finish, add a pair of chunky heels such as Rock & Republic’s Clove Stud Platforms ($173).
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