Fashion finally gets its groove back, says Penny Fray
Designers have ditched tough leather for its softer sister. From Michael Kors to Gucci, this season is nothing short of a suede parade. But it isn’t all about embracing the early 70s look with fringed bags, flared jeans and Woodstock jackets. The tactile material also looks ultra modern with minimalist maxis and plunging necklines à la Jason Wu and Tibi.
Of course, a compromise was found with Victoria Beckham’s stylish shirt dress in sunset orange and Joseph’s suede-trimmed track pants.
But let’s face the white elephant in the fashion room: suede isn’t the most practical of materials. The porous surface doesn’t cope well with water and blemishes badly unless handled with care. Then again, who said fashion was easy? She’s a fickle, high maintenance girl – just like us.
Miu Miu’s latest “Resort Collection” captures the late 60s to early 70s vibe. This brown suede coat is finished with green pockets and collar and features shiny, silver-toned buttons for a luxe note. Slip it on over printed pieces for a look that emulates catwalk show vibrancy. From RO1600 at My Theresa.com
I doubt many of you could resist this statement platform shoe. It screams designer chic in retro yellow. From RO18 at Very.co.uk
This H&M bag ticks all the right trend boxes, making it a must-have for boho fashionistas on a budget. From RO12
Mango’s obi belt is an über hip way to cinch your silhouette this season. Ideal for those who want an easy introduction to fashion-forward suede. From RO11 on sale
Elegant, refined styles are what we’ve come to expect from Victoria, by ex-pop star Victoria Beckham. This luxe, suede shirt dress rocks in rich bright orange, and gains extra points for its comfortable cut. Attach the optional leather belt to define your waist. RO671 from Net-A-Porter
Penny’s tips on wearing suede in 2015:
1. Build your look around signature 70s flares and a suede jacket.
2. When it comes to suede, search for extra long fringing and 3D embroidery.
3. If you want your piece to survive spring and look great for summer, opt for a soft blush shade rather than autumnal brown.