Similar to the concept of diamonds; if the patent leather is shinier, it’s better. Commonly associated with bondage and other adventures, this shiny half-sister rendition of leather now resides in every fashion girl’s closet.
Popularised in the seventies during the era of Studio 54, Ziggy Stardust and glam rock, patent leather was introduced as part of a wardrobe staple as it was perceived as edgy, unique and glamourous. Till today, celebrities like Britney Spears, Poppy Delevingne and Chiara Ferragni have been seen rocking the glossy, coated fabric.
Glam rock is definitely making a comeback. From burgundy overcoats at Valentino to corset jackets in Louis Vuitton, the runways are serving us an extra dose of shine (more lustrous than your lip gloss) this season. The resurgence of patent leather is so prominent that they have started to trickle down to the fast fashion outlets.
Lovers of all things shiny, it’s finally time to keep your gloss game up this cold and gloomy winter period.