The leather subculture denotes practices and styles of dress organised around sexual activities. Wearing leather garments is one way that participants in this culture self-consciously distinguish themselves from mainstream sexual cultures. Leather culture is most visible in gay communities and most often associated with gay men. Black leather clothing is an erotic fashion that expresses heightened masculinity, the appropriation of sexual power, love of motorcycles, and independence.
This season, haute couture designers show leather garments for women that are inspired by leather subculture. Worn by the stunning Bex Fleetwood, the strong silhouettes and feminine fit of these clothes command attention.