Denim and leather share an unique quality in that they both can add an instant cool-factor to almost any look.
Together, however, they make up the de facto uniform for rebellious anti-fashionistas—individuals who scoff at trends but in the process, create ones of their own because their effortless style is just too damn cool not to replicate. Denim and leather resonate with the subversive, rebels without a cause, and in general, with individuals who question authority.
Perhaps reading the tea leaves for 2020, it is for these reasons why designers chose to feature both throughout their Fall/Winter 20-21 collections and why mainstream fashion labels are getting into the mix.
Leather, in particular, is having a moment this season as one of the most sought-out fabrications for outerwear, dresses and bottoms. Leather’s big return, however, has been building for several seasons and underscores the influence of both street style and runway style. Leather lit up the runway at New York Fashion Week earlier this year, with designers like Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone and Coach presenting bold head-to-toe leather looks. Simultaneously, fashion week goers donned Matrix-style long leather coats and leather trousers.
Meanwhile, the addition of latex in recent collections by highbrow names like Saint Laurent and Balmain, and the mainstreaming of accoutrements like harnesses, bring leather and denim into a new realm that toes the line of kink.
Rivet’s Fall/Winter 20-21 fashion story “Equals” explores this edgy yet minimalistic world of leather, latex and denim, and showcases how even household names like Levi’s and Guess have a dark-yet-cool side, too.
Photography: Timothy Smith
Style director: Alex Badia
Editor: Angela Velasquez
Market editors: Andrew Shang, Emily Mercer, Thomas Waller
Models: Daria @Muse; Tripp @New York Models
Photography assistant: Oren Siddo
Hair: Nikko Weddle
Makeup: Jaleesa Jaikaran