Join the Suede Brigade

February 26, 2015 8:42 PM

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Join the Suede Brigade

WHEN KARL LAGERFELD SENT his feminist banner-bearing Chanel models down a Parisian street-like runway for spring, they were clad in supple khaki-green suede shirts with silk cuffs, and pale pink suede pants with matching belted jackets. It was hardly the most sensible attire for a march, but it did demonstrate one thing very clearly: With fashion, the most impractical things are often the most irresistible.

Fashion is in the grips of 1970s fever, so it’s no surprise suede is everywhere, from Chloé’s nude miniskirts to Derek Lam’s topstitched lavender dresses. But its comeback has perhaps more to do with leather’s overexposure. Everyone has a Perfecto jacket and a pair of leather leggings—and while both...

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