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According to fashion’s best-dressed power players, a major 90s fashion item is set to make a comeback this autumn/winter: the leather blazer.

Paris Fashion Week is well underway but the street style set are sure to have found packing for the final leg of shows tricky with dark clouds shrouding the capital. 

But fashion’s best-dressed names have found the perfect garb designed to tackle the drizzle sans umbrella: the leather blazer.

Once a trophy item championed by 90s cool girls, Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cindy Crawford, the uber-cool throw-on has been lovingly handed down to the next generation.

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Cindy Crawford in 1991

Carrying the torch into 2019 is the millennial supermodel set - we’re talking the likes of Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Hailey Bieber - who have all gifted us a lesson in styling out the cult item in recent months.

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Gwyneth Paltrow in 1995

The Instagram pack have whole-heartedly thrown themselves into the trend too with knee-high white boots, chunky gold hoops and slicked-back hair completing the social media-ready aesthetic. 

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Hailey Baldwin in September 2019

In fact, Hadid appeared to have only packed one killer jacket for London Fashion Week - a Matrix-esque Magda Butrym number. Further proving she’s a staunch supporter of the trend, she whipped out a second leather blazer in Milan. 

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Bella Hadid at the LOVE Magazine & YouTube party during London Fashion Week

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Bella Hadid pictured during Milan Fashion Week

Proving the age-old theory that three’s a trend, who can forget when Hadid broke the internet in an all-leather-look courtesy of NYC mega label, Rosetta Getty, that looked like it was straight out of Charlie’s Angels?

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Bella Hadid in April 2019

But it was only a matter of time until the blazer made a well-deserved comeback, as leather-loving Bottega Veneta has well and truly stolen the hearts of the fashion pack this season (sorry, Céline). 

It’s a micro trend being driven on the ground, too. Throughout Fashion Month, we have seen show-goers swap their traditional trenches for leather blazers in a bid to master the sometimes-sunny-sometimes-rainy forecasts. And it’s worked an absolute treat.

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Emili Sindlev at London Fashion Week spring/summer 20

Front row fixture, Emili Sindlev, gave the autumn staple a retro spin layered over a swirl-print dress and knee-high boots in sage green over at London Fashion Week. 

Over in Milan, meanwhile, Caroline Daur delivered a lesson in the art of leather-meets-leather dressing in a buttery ensemble designed to grace our Instagram feeds.

Caroline Caro Daur at Milan Fashion Week spring/summer 20

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Jeanette Friis Madsen and Chloe Harroucheat at London Fashion Week spring/summer 20

Thanks to the look gracing every fashion capital with its splendour, it’s already available to shop with a number of luxe super brands and high street giants, we’re looking at & Other Stories and Arket, allowing us mere mortals to trial the look this autumn/winter.   

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Erika Boldrinat Milan Fashion Week spring/summer 20

For those of you hoping to trial the trend on a purse-friendly budget, look no further than this New Look steal. We’ll be throwing ours over a t-shirt and jeans this autumn – a pair of Vejas will earn you extra style points.

  • New Look leather-look blazer

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    For those of you hoping to trial the trend on a purse-friendly budget, look no further than this New Look steal. We’ll be throwing ours over a t-shirt and jeans this autumn - a pair of Vejas will earn you extra stylepoints.

    Leather-look blazer, £16, New Look

  • House of Sunny vegan leather blazer

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    Label-of-the-moment House of Sunny is currently flogging two rather covetable takes on the trend with a cream colourway and pistachio hue sure to please fashion devotees.

    Vegan leather blazer, £115, House of Sunny 

  • & Other Stories leather blazer

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    Introducing the item every Fashion Week show-goer is likely to add to their shopping basket this autumn. Chuck on over everything from a slip dress and strappy shoes to the failsafe t-shirt and jeans combo.  

    Oversized leather blazer, £265, & Other Stories

  • Arket leather blazer

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    Arket’s leather looks bagged a front row seat this Fashion Month so we can guarantee that shoppers will make a beeline for the Scandi powerhouse’s latest drop. Rachel Green, eat your heart out.

    Leather blazer, £225, Arket 

  • & Other Stories leather wrap-around jacket

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    Oh, hello. If you’d rather invest in a more trans-seasonal piece then add this to the very top of your lust list. It’s the chicest way to stay rain-proof on your morning commute.

    Leather wrap-around jacket, £299, & Other Stories

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