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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

L.A. Leather: Skingraft Fall 2014

Black was the name of the game at Skingraft’s combined men's and women's Fall 2014 show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Los Angeles-based designer Jonny Cota infused his signature skins into the nearly all black collection, with the exception of two navy blue outfits (paired with black open-toe booties). The looks featured equal amounts of kilts, drop-crotch pants and hoodies.

Cota’s mastery of constructing leather and other thick fabrics like wool and knits, was evident in the intricate and striking construction of the collection’s jackets, skirts and shirts.

Set to the most energetic and loudest music I've heard all week, and in some of the harshest and determined walks I've seen, models came out decked in bombers, blazers, moto and varsity jackets. No skirt was longer than knee-length, but Cota sent enough knee-high leather boots and kitten ear hats and beanies down the runway to combat any confrontation with the New York cold.

Geo-quilt leather, wool and Mongolian skirts never looked so good together. A few pants looks appeared on the runway, in leather of course, and the men looked just as good in their own skirts as the women. I’m looking forward to Skingraft's Jonny Cota's dark, leather-filled fall.

-Niko Nelson
 Photos by Mariana Leung

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