(Wall Street Journal) The Lady Wears Leather
LET'S PLAY A GAME of fashion word association. I say "leather" and you say: Catwoman? Or motorcycle jacket? Or kinky? Or Christian Grey?
Leather—particularly in black—has baggage when it's not baggage. In high fashion, its reputation tends to the rebellious or naughty. And when leather clothing ventures beyond the tight orbit of staples like biker jackets and leggings, it can easily read tacky. The image of Marisa Tomei and Joe Pesci in their shiny Noo Yawker leather jackets from "My Cousin Vinny" springs to mind.