STYLE AND CULTURE
CULT ITEM: LEATHER JACKET
By Style Feed Staff, 16 March 2019
There it stayed, a key component of musical identity, with frontmen of countless rock bands donning worn-in, rough-and-ready leather with aviators, slicked-back hair and the odd smouldering glance at adoring fans. It proved a favourite with the Britpop lot, too, worn with jeans, relaxed T-shirts and minimal trainers. For AW19, the leather jacket got a rework in length, ranging from Matrix-flavoured trench-coat styles to a 70s three-quarter cut – just like the piece above from Marni's AW19 show.
The black biker jacket might be the OG of leather-clad options but, with all the fresh, new colour schemes making up the menswear fashionscape this year, it might be worth tapping into another hue for a look that’s simultaneously on-trend and timeless. Take some inspiration from the chap above and cop a tonal brown piece. The tie-dyed T-shirt underneath is optional, although we can’t help but applaud the effort, as he’s nailing two of 2019’s biggest colour schemes in a look that shouldn’t work but really does. Serious skills.
For the most part, the jacket’s form hasn’t shifted drastically. The archetypal construction – thick texture, buttoned lapels and chunky zips – remains the classic cut but, recently, more minimal, fuss-free iterations have entered the fray. At the same time, punk influence from the 70s has made a comeback, with members of the stylish set representing the studded embellishment adopted by first-gen punks at the height of the anarchic music's reign.