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TREND ALERT! PERFECTO Leather Jackets

A little more than a decade ago, the “boyfriend” fashion craze introduced a loose, casual fit into womenswear in the guise of menswear influences. Soon thereafter the skinny jeans craze took over and worked unusually well with these looser pieces, creating a relaxed style that echoed 90s Grunge. Today’s latest fashion epiphany is the leather jacket and more specifically the PERFECTO, which is a key trend for Fall 2014.

Street Style during Haute Couture Fall 2014-Winter 2015. Katlin Aas. Photo by Phil Oh

Street Style during Haute Couture Fall 2014-Winter 2015. Katlin Aas. Photo by Phil Oh

Kenneth Cole - Fall 2014-Winter 2015 Campaign

Kenneth Cole – Fall 2014-Winter 2015 Campaign

Matchless London - Fall 2014-Winter 2015 Campaign with French model Clément Chabernaud  and British supermodel Kate Moss

Matchless London – Fall 2014-Winter 2015 Campaign with French model Clément Chabernaud and British supermodel Kate Moss

For those who are not familiar with the term “perfecto,” it is the quintessential American biker jacket, the archetype introduced in the 1920s by Schott. These iconic leather jackets are pop culture legends and currently fashion world fascinations. Every designer seems to be reinterpreting it at present and introducing various hybrids along the way. The global term Perfecto is to the biker jacket what Smoking is to the tuxedo jacket.

ICON - The Leather PERFECTO by Schott

ICON – The Leather PERFECTO by Schott

Versace Jeans - Fall 2014-Winter 2015 Campaign

Versace Jeans – Fall 2014-Winter 2015 Campaign

Street Style during Haute Couture Fall 2014-Winter 2015. Emma Watson. Photo by Phil Oh

Street Style during Haute Couture Fall 2014-Winter 2015. Emma Watson. Photo by Phil Oh

David Macklovitch of Chromeo took the Samsung Galaxy stage at Lollapalooza in a Saint Laurent leather perfecto

David Macklovitch of Chromeo took the Samsung Galaxy stage at Lollapalooza in a Saint Laurent leather Perfecto

The main difference between the biker jacket and its ancestor, the aviator/bomber jacket, is in the fit. Whereas the aviator is looser in order to allow garment layering for warmth, or to accommodate a fur lining, the biker jacket is narrower to be ergonomic. This more tailored silhouette is making the Perfecto the hottest fashion item of the season. This cross-generational garment works equally well on men and women and can be easily worn with anything from weekend favorites to office wear.

Selection of rare Vintage leather jackets from The Quality Mending Company (www.TheQualityMendingCo.com)

Selection of rare Vintage leather jackets from The Quality Mending Company (www.TheQualityMendingCo.com)

Christian Dior - Pre-Fall 2014

Christian Dior – Pre-Fall 2014

James McAvoy in Nylon Guys, September 2014

James McAvoy in Nylon Guys, September 2014

Street Style during Haute Couture Fall 2014-Winter 2015. Anya Ziourova. Photog by Phil Oh

Street Style during Haute Couture Fall 2014-Winter 2015. Anya Ziourova. Photog by Phil Oh

The latest fashion metamorphosis is reinventing the garment as a new fashion-forward classic –for years, it considered rebellious and rough around the edges (think: “Rebel Without a Cause” or Tom of Finland). This modern twist is allowing designers and consumers alike –including legions of celebrities– to play with this iconic style and make it their own.

Matchless London - Fall 2014-Winter 2015 Campaign with French model Clément Chabernaud  and British supermodel Kate Moss

Matchless London – Fall 2014-Winter 2015 Campaign with French model Clément Chabernaud and British supermodel Kate Moss

The Leather Jacket hits GQ (UK), September 2014

The Leather Jacket hits GQ (UK), September 2014

Versus Versace - Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Versus Versace – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

6 Leather Jackets "That Need To Be On Your Shopping Radar For Fall" (www.SheFinds.com)

6 Leather Jackets “That Need To Be On Your Shopping Radar For Fall” (www.SheFinds.com)

Illustration by TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991)

Illustration by TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991)