Rick Owens Biker Jacket (buy here)
K-Mart Sheer Asymmetric Top (similar here)
Helmut Lang Leather Panel Leggings (similar here)
Zara D’Orsay Pumps (similar here)
Alicia Hannah Naomi Necklace and Rings (buy here)
Rick Owens Clutch (buy here)
Contrary to my prior announcement not to expect any outfit posts, here’s what I wore last night.
It’s been way too warm to wear these leather leggings until now, I’ve been forlornly staring at them in my closet praying for a cool change. Having purchased some half-a-dozen leather leggings online with no success (including that one Rick Owens pair I later sold because they didn’t fit) I decided to stalk out a pair of Helmut Lang’s in person first so I could make my educated purchase at a later date. I’d heard good things about them and I was not disappointed once I tried a pair in person.
I’d had the intention of purchasing a pair of the normal leather leggings but when I found them in person I also tried the patina leather (Helmut Lang’s version of the Rick Owens blister leather, a kind-of bubbled/distressed leather with a satiny suede-like tactility) and was surprised how much I loved them also. When these patina/embossed combo panel leggings popped up half price in the Lane Crawford online sale two months ago I didn’t think twice. I really love the effect of wearing the jacket and pants together of such similar leather finishes.
In my opinion they’re the best leather leggings I’ve come across in terms of fit and quality (yes, even better than the Rick Owens blister leather leggings; but this opinion is bias to my body shape). If I have to pay full price for the normal leather version I will save up until I can afford them because they are worth it.
I’m totally aware of the irony of wearing a Helmut Lang rip-off top with my Helmut Lang leggings. In my defence I didn’t know the top was a Helmut Lang rip-off when I bought it some eighteen months ago. I’d like to upgrade it to a real one at some point, but it seems that I’m now saving for another pair of Helmut Lang leather pants first.