All Weather Leather

Formerly relegated to bomber jackets and winter wear, leather is breaking out from its cold-minded mould and becoming a fabric for all seasons. This role reversal has been on our radar for months now, ever since we spotted all-weather leather on numerous, notable S/S 10 runways, including Celine, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Karl Lagerfeld. This season, designers manipulated this buttery fabric in new and beautiful ways, working it into a myriad of pieces including button-down tops, pencil skirts, shorts and even rompers. The result is surprisingly seasonal looks that are totally worth investing in.

However, before we present you with today's luxurious leather picks, let's take a closer look at a few ways to wear this new warm-weather interpretation. Taking notes from the aforementioned runway shows, we recommend sticking to a monochromatic palette and mostly muted tones. Additionally, it is important to note that unlike the roughed up, studded styles that have been popular in seasons past, these leather pieces are striking in their subtle simplicity and marked absence of hardware embellishments. If you need a perfect example of this nouveau interpretation, simply look to Leigh Lezark, who looked exceptionally chic when she opted for Akris' Trapezoid Laser Cut Leather Applique Dress ($4990, 877.551.7257) for a Bergdorf Goodman event in March. The architectural simplicity of the brick-red buttery frock allowed it to command attention on its own, while Lezark's obvious lack of accessories spoke to the sophisticated restraint involved in styling this new all-weather look.

And now, we bring you some lust-worthy pieces that can be worn rain (well, if protected!) or shine. Just remember to keep it simple, let the purity of this sophisticated material speak for itself, and, most importantly, that these pretty pieces are items you must Go Buy Now!

1. 3.1 Phillip Lim Leather Shift Dress ($968)
Phillip Lim's S/S 10 runway showcased a variety of lust-worthy leather pieces, including this butter-soft dress. We love how Lim upgraded a spring staple