William Rast
William Rast

DALLAS, Aug 2, 2009 / FW/ — Venture into the world of leather. It is risky and statement making. Not only does it allude confidence, but it also has the connotation of spontaneity and courage.

I personally assume that this trend has more associations than that of any other. Must I name a few? Marlon Brando, Grease Lightning, World War II, Top Gun, Fonz in Happy Days.

These motorcycle jackets and leather bombers became popular because of cinema influence in the 1950s and 60s, and it is continually transformed to fit modern ideals.

This item is an icon of the militia and army as well as rocker edge and the entertainment industry. It seems to span nearly every aspect of society.

Nanette Lepore and Richard Chai feminize this trend by contrasting it with playful patterns, while William Rast roughens it up with jeans and a strong shoulder. DKNY uses it to finalize a sleek look.

How will you sport this essential jacket?

Photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week