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Aggressive Couture

Chains, studs, and leather give our wardrobes a hardened edge

Implications - Out with the frilly and romantic; in with the rough and the tough. Biker-inspired fashions were incorporated onto runways and editorials for several seasons, leading to a love affair with chains, studs, biker gloves, and tons of leather. The biker-babe resurgence offers a glimmer of the retro theme, but ultimately points to a harder, more callous vibe in clothing preference.
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11 Featured, 61 Examples:
1,846,515 Total Clicks
Date Range:
Feb 09 — Oct 09
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Featured Examples

Origami Biker Babes
Origami Biker Babes
Black & White Folding Fashions at Rick Owens Spring 2010 Show
Rick Owens crafted fabrics for his Spring 2010 show as if he was a Japanese origami master. There were crisp black, white and grayscale hues, combined with sharp corners that gave his models edginess. … MORE
Motorcycle Jeans
Motorcycle Jeans
Chic Denim Pants Inspired by Biker Leathers
Motorcycle jeans are the coolest new trend in biker-chic denim. Inspired by leather biker pants worn to protect legs from nasty road rash, Pratt’s cotton version is super hip. Made from stretchy denim,… MORE
Biker Babe Fashiontography
Biker Babe Fashiontography
Badass Toni Garrn Poses with a Bevy of Boys for Numero Tokyo
German model and Numero Tokyo cover girl Toni Garrn is a biker babe. In the November 2009 issue the full-lipped Garrn is joined by Tyler Riggs, Lyle Lodwick, Joseph Culp and Marcel Castenmiller as a leather… MORE
Haute Biker Gloves
Haute Biker Gloves
Nina Peter Inspires Some Serious 'Glove Love'
This 'Glove Love' line of Nina Peter gloves is stunning for a number of reasons. First of all, the gloves themselves are badass. With avant-garde details and a blend of class and sass, these biker gloves… MORE
Biker Babe Revival
Biker Babe Revival
A Tough Yet Chic Edge With Plenty of Black Leather for Fall 2009
Ladies, bust out those black leather jackets you've been storing in your "maybe one day it'll come back in style" box, because for Fall 2009, the biker babe look is hot! These badass looks are sure to… MORE
Biker Chick Chic
Biker Chick Chic
Daria Werbowy is 'Iron Maiden' in Vogue UK
The beautiful and talented Daria Werbowy stars as a biker chick in the editorial ‘Iron Maiden’ in the upcoming March 2009 issue of Vogue UK. Prolific photographer Mario Testino captured a sizzling… MORE
Cute Biker Boots
Cute Biker Boots
Motorcycle Boots Make a Chic Comeback
The motorcycle boot is perhaps the most versatile type of footwear since the ballerina flat. Motorcycle boots can be worn with anything from leather jackets and skinny jeans to flowery summer dresses,… MORE
Modern Biker Jackets
Modern Biker Jackets
The Visvim Fall/Winter 2009 Jackets are Road-Ready
Autumn is a great time for jackets, and the best kind of jacket is one made out of dead animals. That is why the Visvim Fall/Winter 2009 jackets are the bomb, leather is front and center. Launching two… MORE
Biker Gloves With Minidresses
Biker Gloves With Minidresses
Channel Your Inner '80s Child' with the WWD Accessories Fall 2009 Is
There's a whole lot of retro ferocity being dished up within '80s Child' in the WWD Accessories Fall 2009 issue. Alexis Bledel (of "Gilmore Girls" fame, if you're keeping track) models a series of rockin'… MORE
Studded Sunglasses
Studded Sunglasses
A-Morir Creates Chic (Yet Bug-Like) Eye Accessories
High end eyewear has always been a little cutting edge to say the least, what with its rubies, diamonds, and those silly shutters some were sporting awhile back. Now A-Morir has brought eyewear to a new… MORE
Biker Bootie Mimicry
Biker Bootie Mimicry
Alexander McQueen 'Faithful' Bootie Copied by Steve Madden
The Alexander McQueen ‘Faithful’ bootie is receiving a lot of press lately, mainly because it has been allegedly copied by Steve Madden. But hey, if you’re Alexander McQueen, a highly-regarded designer… MORE

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