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Markus Lupfer x Asos Black – a study in printed leather

Designer Markus Lupfer has teamed up with Asos to design a streamlined range of printed leather separates that hit the mark in terms of covetable cool – and they’re available now.

Tue, Nov 13, 2012, 07:30


It seems that designer collaborations are on everyone’s minds at the moment, and with good reason – Maison Martin Margiela for H&M launches in two short days (more on which later), while Markus Lupfer for Asos Black is live as I live and type. It was featured in this Sunday past’s Style magazine with the Sunday Times (did you know that this is not an Irish Times product? So many people don’t), in one of those odd little snippets where someone illustrates a dress and expects us to get a clear picture of what said garment looks like.

Still, obviously the scribble piqued my interest enough that when I saw the garments on Asos proper, my ears perked up like the proverbial poodle that I am (spiritually, of course).

Leather has been de rigeur in clothing for approximately three seasons – since Chloé and Céline and all of the Frenchies deemed it cool – but this is the first time that I, anyway, have seen such commitment to pattern-printing on a leather that was not used to make a handbag. And though they say that there is nothing in this world that can be new (and if there is, it is wrong, or else wouldn’t someone have done it already?) I think Lupfer has hit the nail on its sartorial head with this super-cool collection.

Leather trousers that skim rather than clinging (although really, that might just be the rail-thin model’s legs giving that impression), that A-line leather skirt; printed leather T-shirts of both the long- and short-sleeved variety = heaven. Obviously these garments aren’t super-cheap – we’re starting at €138 for the tee and climbing steadily from there – but they’re un-trendy enough to last seasons, and don’t believe the Business of Fashion that designer collabs ain’t cool. This one is (as is MMM, I’ll tell you all about that later on …).