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Designers Laser In On Leather For Spring

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How to make leather light? Designers found innovative ways to bring out the delicate side of skins for Spring. Leading the way, the Proenza Schouler duo showed oversize coats in perforated patent bonded to jersey that was laser-cut, then crocheted back together by artisans in Madagascar. “It was a weird mix of technology and handcraft,” they told Style.com. Graphic shifts at Giles were etched with a shattered-glass pattern, while Sportmax’s cutout houndstooth coats had a scalpel-like precision. Roberto Cavalli, for his part, incorporated both leather and lace into exquisitely intricate sorbet-colored slipdresses; the leather appeared as finely shredded paneling and also as appliqués embroidered onto the tonal lace. Part tough, part dainty—this season was proof that leather works for any weather.

CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW of perforated and laser-cut Spring looks.

Photo: Gianni Pucci / GoRunway.com

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