Trendspotting: The Luxurification of Basics

This season's all about the leather pants - a wonderful change from last season's wannabe leather liquid leggings - but it looks like next season'll w
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This season's all about the leather pants - a wonderful change from last season's wannabe leather liquid leggings - but it looks like next season'll w
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This season's all about the leather pants - a wonderful change from last season's wannabe leather liquid leggings - but it looks like next season'll welcome the leather top. In New York, Phillip Lim showed leather tanks and tees over slouchy pants and tucked into little skirts. In Paris, Phoebe Philo showed more structured leather tees in both black and brown and Daria Werbowy poured herself into Christophe Decarnin's studded leather top at Balmain. I squeezed Frankie's Alexander Wang look into that graphic because, though there is leather on top, it fits the trend of turning a total basic - t-shirt, sweatshirt, legging - into a luxury item; a successful runway idea that always earns the "comfortable chic" label. But practically speaking, leather tops sound miserably uncomfortable and unflattering unless made out of the absolute best leather. We're praying to the high street gods to leave this one alone.