Sao Paolo Dispatch: Leather Leggings and More



Why should the guys in Paris have all the fun? Brazilians are well known for showing lots of skin, but this season at Sao Paolo fashion week the skin that is getting the most loving attention isn’t their own. Leather—in every variety but mostly super-supple, black, and laser cut into lace-like patterns—has captured a series of catwalks. Iodice, the high-end label that staged its show in the popular posh Iguatemi mall, presented leather leggings and leather details on jersey jumpsuits, supposedly inspired by the Amazon. Reinaldo Lourenco used leather for peaked-shouldered, military inspired suits. At the elegant Maria Bonita show (where the supremely covetable collection strongly evoked comparisons to Maria Cornejo), leather was layered in artful drapes. It was molded into stiff skirts at Forum Tufi Duek, seen as chaps at Colcci and printed to resemble tree bark at Osklen. Skin is definitely in!