The leather-dress hunt ramapge continues and for something that is looking to be a short-lived one-season trend, judging from the SS08 shows, the high street options are being churned out faster than ever. H&M, M&S and Zara all being in the game, with probably the others to follow. For me, those dresses all seem to want to send a very non-threatening, non-hostile message to prospective buyers: 'Yes, I am made of leather but I'm in a very very wearable shape and I won't try and make you look like a sausage squeezed into a dress.' This is I think a wise approach, but my own eyes will be diverted elsewhere (it's amazing how eBay sellers and vintage stores are so trend-aware that more and more leather dresses are popping up all over the place...) for those 80's throwbacks that used leather in more interesting ways - panelling, different colours and textures, shapes, strap features. Seeing as it is that one-seasonal, I think I'll have a lot more fun with it on the vintage route...
...HOWEVER, this Zara dress that has popped up on eBay did not escape my attention. How could it when a) the price is 'Yeesk'-inducing high for a Zara dress and b) it ticked the Gareth Pugh SS08 black leather fringe box so immediately after the show...?
I'm doubting the design reference here is Pugh but rather, the fringing seen at Prada SS07 combined with the overall AW07-8 love of texture and leather. It's supposedly a limited design and certainly I've yet to see it in a Zara store. It does perturb me however, how scarily catwalk-driven Zara is, touching upon not just the mainstream trends but the more daring ones too. I have a sort of :S expression when I go into Zara. It dances between 'Oh, I love everything' and 'Oh, how disturbing that dress is EXACTLY like it was on the catwalk'. In this way, I've been snared in the past but now I'm just pondering, how would a designer feel about seeing their designs watered down/revered (depending on how the designer feels about the copyright of design) by Zara? This is one of my many in-brain topics that will require further analysed thought.
For now, though, if this dress is anything to go by, it does seem Zara's limits of high-fashion-homage will continue to be pushed higher and higher.