The Black Leather Jacket … Always Classic, Always New

FASHION TREND REPORT EXCLUSIVELY FOR RANDOLPH STREET MARKET BY NENA IVON, nenasnotes

From “Greasers” to high fashion and everything in between, let’s look at where the leather jacket began and see it developed into a fashion wardrobe classic. Obviously leather has been with us for centuries but the jacket we are featuring today we are tracing back to “modern” history.

The brown leather jacket made its entrance on the scene on the aviators of World War I.

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Then again for the air women and men as the Bomber jacket for WWII.

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

In 1928 Irving Schott designs the first motorcycle jacket and sells it for $5.50 at the Harley Davidson store in New York. He named it after his favorite cigar, The Perfecto. And perfect it was, on and off motorcycles. In 1953 The Wild One starred a sexy Marlon Brando in a classic leather motorcycle jacket. Often the jacket became its own character.

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

And other stars jumped on the bike, so to speak, definitely defying the norm and defining the person on and off the screen… James Dean

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Steve McQueen…

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Tom Cruise…

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Elvis, of course…

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Henry Winkler before he was The Fonz (notice Stallone) in The Lords of Flatbush…

And as Fonzie…

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

And then there was Grease…..(my era!)

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

The Beatles before suits and Ringo…

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

The English Punks and, of course Sid and Nancy and The Sex Pistols…

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

The one and only Michael Jackson…

From the outrageous to… David Beckham…

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

And so many more celebrities…

Four blonds… Madonna, Glenn, Lady Gaga, Ellen… who wears it best, I’ll leave it to you…

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Haute Couture, why not… a bit of Schiaparelli…

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Some embellished jackets…they have come a long way baby, how shall you embellish your Randolph Street Market Finds…..so many options…here are a few suggestions…

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

I must admit my favorite of the bunch, although the feathered piece or bedazzled or…

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Let’s look at a few ways to style and update your vintage jacket…

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

I’m obsessed with this on Elizabeth Moss…

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Robert Mapplethorpe Self Portrait… current Retrospective at New York’s Guggenheim Museum.

For your own research some books (you knew I would have some suggestions didn’t you!)

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

The one and only Ralph Lauren who exemplifies “Always Classic Always New”

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

And your blogger in one of four black leather jackets, a motorcycle piece needs to be added if only to embellish!!!!! RSM here I come!!

Randolph Street Market Black Leather Jacket

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by Nena Ivon
www.nenasnotes.com

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