Katie Holmes Is In This Year’s Biggest Fashion Trend – And Here’s Where To Shop It

Say hello to leather weather.

Katie Holmes

by Natalie Hammond |
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Your top half is permanently swaddled in cashmere, while your bottom half hasn’t seen a zippered waistband for what feels like months. But here’s an idea for re-energising your dressing: leather. This might seem like an odd suggestion on the morning of the second national lockdown, but since all our socialising is now going to based outdoors for at least the next month, a durable fabric like leather isn't sounding like such a bad idea is it? Especially since the queens of great coats - Katie Holmes - just wore the most perfect leather trench coat.

Leather has been ripe for a revival. After percolating as a trend for three seasons thanks to Bottega Veneta – as well as appearing on the catwalks at Burberry, Gabriela Hearst and Hermès for next season – it’s gotten a third wind thanks to Meghan Markle, who wore two pairs of faux-leather trousers in as many weeks (both were Stella McCartney) last month. Meanwhile, Irina Shayk has discovered the trans-seasonal power of a leather blazer (great for sharpening up a silky slip skirt), and also wore a double-breasted leather coat with wellies just last week.

Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes ©Getty

The most compelling reason is still that it's actually pretty cold out there. Back in September, Tan France posted the following observation on Instagram: ‘It’s almost leather weather. Sweater weather’s sluttier friend.’ It seems like ‘almost’ has officially arrived.

The biggest choice is whether to go faux or invest in the real thing. Frame’s leather collection, spanning coats, button-up shirts and trousers, has almost entirely sold out. On the high street, Arket has a special section dedicated to its leather pieces, all of which are made using a chrome-free tanning process; while Joseph’s leather offering has always been consistently excellent.

Irina Shayk
Irina Shayk ©Getty

As an early pioneer of vegan leather, Nanushka’s Sandra Sandor is also part of the leather revolution. Her pieces, including vegan leather puffer jackets and wrap dresses, are a long-standing hit on the influencer circuit, where her fans include Tamu Mcpherson and Tiffany Hsu.

Cindy Bruna
Cindy Bruna ©Getty

‘The way we wear leather has changed a lot in recent years and people are not afraid to experiment with it. The development of alternative leather, vegan leather and regenerated leather gives designers and customers more options; one doesn’t need to compromise any more. I’ve worked with vegan leather for a couple of years now and the one we use is butter-soft and a great fabric for ready-to-wear pieces. They are not rigid or restrictive in any way.’


SHOP: The Best Pieces For Leather Weather

Monki, Faux-Leather Coat, £751 of 15

Monki, Faux-Leather Coat, £75

Massimo Dutti, Nappa Trench-Style Coat With Belt, £3492 of 15

Massimo Dutti, Nappa Trench-Style Coat With Belt, £349

Mango, Quilted Leather Jacket, £339.993 of 15

Mango, Quilted Leather Jacket, £339.99

& Other Stories, Long Fitted Padded Shoulder Blazer, £2654 of 15

& Other Stories, Long Fitted Padded Shoulder Blazer, £265

Zara, Faux-Leather Blazer With Belt, £59.995 of 15

Zara, Faux-Leather Blazer With Belt, £59.99

Weekday, Rumi Croco Blazer, £706 of 15

Weekday, Rumi Croco Blazer, £70

H&M, Leather Trousers, £199.997 of 15

H&M, Leather Trousers, £199.99

Frame, Leather Cropped Flare, £9778 of 15

Frame, Leather Cropped Flare, £977

Nanushka, Vegan Leather Pants Patchwork, £3809 of 15

Nanushka, Vegan Leather Pants Patchwork, £380

Arket, Leather Tunic Dress, £29010 of 15

Arket, Leather Tunic Dress, £290

Uterqu00fce, Leather Belted Dress, £29511 of 15

Uterqüe, Leather Belted Dress, £295

Massimo Dutti, Black Leather Dress With Belt, £29912 of 15

Massimo Dutti, Black Leather Dress With Belt, £299

Ganni, Lamb Leather Skirt, £54513 of 15

Ganni, Lamb Leather Skirt, £545

COS, Nappa A-Line Skirt, £25014 of 15

COS, Nappa A-Line Skirt, £250

Self-Portrait, Shirred Faux-Leather Midi Skirt, £27015 of 15

Self-Portrait, Shirred Faux-Leather Midi Skirt, £270

Finally, the best thing about leather? It’s so sharp that you can wear it with sweats and still look polished for that walk.

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