LEATHER IS BLACK
WITH A BANG
Copyright 2002 Belfast Telegraph Newspapers Ltd
[ January 5th 2002 ]
Quatro made glam her own down on Devil Gate Drive.
And, whether it's Suzie or Lara Croft you emulate,
rock chick chic is back in the big time. It's
the perfect antidote to some of the more demure
looks around. Perhaps Victoriana leaves you unamused
or tweed only conjures up images of Miss Marple.
on the other hand, is a durable alternative, ideal
for unpredictable weather. Nor is there any need
to stick to traditional winter colours - every
shade from lilac to mint-green is clamoring for
rock chicks, of course, black will always be the
new black. It made Suzie feel Glad All Over. Cigarette-slim
leather trousers smoulder with cool little cropped
tops. Or, for that well-dressed-wallet look, choose
a fitted bodice in matching leather. You probably
need an ego the size of the average rock star's
for the all-over leather image. And, ideally,
a body that's a perfect 10. After all, there's
nothing glamorous about looking like an overstuffed
jackets this season are slimline and neat - often
collarless and zip-fronted or single-breasted
with modest reefers. Some collections boast a
full length leather coat ... but watch the styling.
Too military and you might hear whisperings of
"Herr Flick!" as you stride by. Trailer-trash
fake leather in body-hugging polyurethene is the
choice of weekend punks - those who stay on the
safe side of full-body piercing and vibrant cockatoo
is the other perennial rock 'n' roll staple. But
the blue stuff was out of vogue for a time after
Tony Blair and Jeremy Clarkson gave it a bad name...
Now it's back, more glam than ever. Dress up dark
denim, trimmed with silver and crystal studs and
little thin belts, for a trip down memory lane.
The spirit of Rod Stewart, David Bowie and, of
course, Suzi Quatro, should guide you.