Patent Leather: It's Not Just For Shoes!
Check out how the pros are working patent into their wardrobes and shop key pieces of your own.
Nothing says style chutzpah like a fire engine red patent leather pencil skirt. For dinner at exclusive London eatery, San Carlo, Rihanna wore this Mui Miu version with a full-length denim coat (also by Miu Miu), a gray tee, and black suede Christian Louboutin pumps. The mix of materials at play here is genius while the pop star’s matching crimson lip helps the look come off as cohesive.
Not ready to dive head first into this slick-thinking trend? Test the waters with black patent loafers (i.e. the shoe equivalent of the classic LBD.) We like the pair that model Frida Gustavsson, wore to the Rodebjer S/S 14 presentation last month, which added pizzazz to her otherwise subdued ensemble of dark denim and a Rodebjer Volans Silver Rain blazer ($510).
At the Versace S/S 14 show in Milan last month, the Misshapes DJ proved tight black patent leather and Catwoman comparisons needn’t be mutually exclusive. The key to her chic yet curve-hugging look is simplicity. The dress has plenty to say so she wisely kept the accessories (also by Versace) low-key. Also, a modest hemline is must with this sort of outfit lest you want to look like a naughty cop on Halloween.
Take a page from Gevinson’s style playbook and spike a monochrome ensemble with the high gloss sheen of a patent leather piece. At the Guess Portrait Studio during the Toronto Film Festival last month, the Rookie Editor-in-Chief and budding starlet shone in a flouncy skirt by Stolen Girlfriends Club and Alpha 60 Austine Cropped Shirt ($103) which she paired with a Mandy Coon Pontus Bunny Bag ($1794) and Slow and Steady Wins the Race shoes.
We strongly prescribe tempering this trend with more understated pieces, but those who want to go all out in the drama department should take note of Miley Cyrus’s ensemble at the Myspace launch event at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. What would usually be the statement element (a patent KTZ bomber) is in danger of being upstaged by Cyrus’s equally attention-grabbing T by Alexander Wang bralette, Ashish trousers, and punk-y coif. Note: This look is not for the faint of fashion sense.
Last but certainly not least, we come to outwear. You can’t really go wrong with a patent black trench like the Salvatore Ferragamo version that street style darling Miroslava Duma wore to the Italian design house’s S/S 14 show in Milan. The coat gets bonus points in our book for doubling as a rain jacket.