Friday, November 20, 2009

Fall Obsession: Non-Leather Biker Jackets

As the current crop of It-models can attest, a good biker jacket seems to have become a wardrobe essential over the past couple of seasons. Weather or not any of these girls actually ride is completely irrelevant -- the look is less moto and more SoHo. While some can be tacky (i.e. too-shiny pleather festooned with cheap brassy studs), others are nothing short of glorious. I'm a sucker for the drapey, oversized collar on a Rick Owens, the precise cut of a skinny Helmut Lang (in white!) or the buttery feel of a paperthin A.L.C. While these will forever remain on my wishlist, lately I've been into non-traditional applications of the biker aesthetic. I especially love when it's done in unexpected materials. Here are a few non-leather interpretations I like:

Jacquard with an almost leatherlike sheen: Jacquard Biker Jacket, $145 @ Topshop.

Structured sweatshirt: Current/Elliott Long Sleeve Biker Jacket, $323 @ Shopbop.

Patterned wool: Levi's Black/Wool Check Biker Jacket, $175 @ Oak.

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