The quest for perfection in design brings the quality of materials to the fore. Structured volumes call for firm yet supple leathers, with a matte or satin finish. For garments, the finest calfskins and lambskins adopt a firmer handle, as an impeccable option for silhouettes with highly-structured lines.
A seductive sheen evokes the world of silk. Smooth, compact leathers feature subtle reflections, like fine rays of light. Calfskins lend themselves to structured leather goods, for highly-refined objects. For apparel, leathers have the luster and hold of taffeta.
The season’s new varnishes offer a sheen halfway between lacquer and glaze, while their handle is unexpected: as dry and crisp as paper. Leathers whose elegance recalls taffetas, duchesse satins and other iconic silks.
The precious mood carries over to caviar-grain leathers. This instantly recognizable small, round grain is synonymous with sophistication. This season’s caviar-grain leathers come in a wide range of deep, opulent blacks. Perfect for evening wear, they can be contrasted with velvety or satin-effect leathers for a tuxedo vibe.
The growing demand for ready-to-wear leathers is driving research into new, finely-finished skins. Textures are sensual, sometimes with a finish on the underside for skin-to-skin contact. Treatments can be done as gradients, for colorful variations, or in finishes ranging from smooth to velvety.