Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Very Nice Leather ...for This Time of the Year

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Very Nice Leather ...for This Time of the Year

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Byline: DEBORAH ARTHURS

SHOULD you, like me, have spent the past 10 years rummaging in charity shops and markets for the perfect leather bomber jacket, you'll understand how hard it is to find one that's spot-on.

No search of mine has ever turned up perfection, though some have come close. I thought the white, puf f- shouldered effort bought in Marbella in the Eighties was great, until I glimpsed myself in a shop window and the scales dropped from my eyes: I was the spitting image of Marcus Tandy in Eldorado. The jacket may have been vintage, but that didn't make its batwing sleeves and shoulder pads right.

Next, I went cheap. Those dodgy leather shops on Oxford Street do a lovely line in shiny, red leather jackets. Very rock 'n' roll, I thought. Very Michael Jackson, my friends said, and spent the entire evening grabbing their crotches and whooping. Needless to say, that was its only outing.

There were others: a too-tight All Saints-style bomber that would fit only over a vest and so was useless in cold weather, sweaty in hot; a black number from Spitalfields with a family of moths in the pockets, followed by a [pounds sterling]12 leatherette version from Primark.

Finally though, leather bombers are back in mainstream fashion. Hence this week I spent [pounds sterling]450 on a hooded job with oversized covered buttons that I'd spotted Keira Knightley wearing. It's by new A-list favourite label Mike&Chris, whose creations have also been seen on Angelina Jolie and Cameron Diaz.

But if you want something more reasonably priced the high street does a fine line in leather, as our street-style snaps prove. River Island has a gorgeous brown jacket with double pockets, and even a ruched-collared white one (both [pounds sterling]120). Topshop's green, red and grey versions ([pounds sterling]150) are a great shape, while Mango, Miss Selfridge and Bershka all get it right. So forget the January detox - go out and get leathered.

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