Spring Trend to Try: Perforated Leather

(Rebecca Minkoff, Rebecca Taylor; Source: ImaxTree)One of the easiest ways to add dimension to an outfit is to vary the textures—take a look at any street-style star for proof. They’ll pair lambswool with leather, cotton with silk, or tulle with cashmere.

This season, it's a cinch to add a little textural interest to an outfit, thanks to the perforated-leather trend. The punchy fabric showed up throughout designer Rebecca Taylor's spring 2014 runway show (above right and below). Many of her strongest looks incorporated sleeves, panels, or entire pieces—such as the skirt below—cut from from icy blue or creamy white lattice-like leather. The look is modern, feminine, and ultimately cool.
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Designer Rebecca Minkoff (top left and below) used cutout leather in two very different ways with her recent spring fashion show. The collection included a dress, jacket, and shorts in mint green tooled leather, and black leather perforated skirts and jackets. It was athlete-meets-hippy and it totally worked.   
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Emilio Pucci designer Peter Dundas worked the fabric into his spring collection in the most straightforward way. He upgraded athletic staples such as hoodies and shorts with perforated leather, and the result was luxe and wearable. 
(Source: ImaxTree)Accessories are an obvious place to start if you're game for this summery trend. But even staples such as the perfect white tee benefit from the fabric update, too.Mara Cap-Toe Espadrille, $195 at Loeffler Randall; Perf Minimal Lace Heel, $178 at Free People
Perforated Leather Tee, $229.95 at Witchery; Rebecca Minkoff Perforated Mini M.A.C. Convertible Crossbody Bag, $225 at Saks Fifth Avenue
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