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Leather on leather – so that’s a don’t, right?

There is no such thing as perceived wisdom when it comes to doubling up on fabrics. Denim on denim, leather on leather . . . in the minds of most right-thinking members of society, the rule is this: never the twain …

Thu, Jan 6, 2011, 10:30

   

There is no such thing as perceived wisdom when it comes to doubling up on fabrics. Denim on denim, leather on leather . . . in the minds of most right-thinking members of society, the rule is this: never the twain shall meet. But 2010 told us, suddenly, unexpectedly (and, might I add, most unwelcomely) that denim on denim is a “do”. Throw away the rules! said the fashion pages. Be free with your denim mixture*!

I will, reluctantly, admit to being an absolute follower of fashion and mixing said denims with something not even nearly approaching aplomb. For shame.

But if 2010 was the year of the denim-on-denim “trend”, it was simultaneously the year of living dangerously – leather, it would seem, was big business. It wasn’t just for the S&M boudoirs, neither – leather saw its way onto the most elegant of catwalks and was stitched up in the most unlikely of ways. Leather skater skirt? I don’t mind if I do. Leather blouse? Well how does that work . . . oh, never mind. Leather prom-style dress? Yes, sir.

But not until this very moment – over on The Fashion Spot, where all the cool kids hang out – would I ever have been convinced that leather could find its perfect match in, you’ve guessed it, more leather.

Christine Centenera can truly do no wrong – and it makes my heart break just a little when I even think about what the inside of her wardrobe(s) must look like.

* It is my all-time favourite line in Sex and the City when Charlotte earnestly asks Anthony if he can think of anything worse than being blind. “Stonewashed denim jeans and a matching jacket,” he says. Genius!