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The Fashion Memo

The off-duty update: A new biker jacket

L-R: Fashion editors Caroline Issa and Donna Wallace and model McKenna Hellam

Subversive, sexy and inextricably cool, the leather biker jacket will never go out of style. These are our new-season favorites


In a fashion editor’s calendar, the beginning of fall is considered the start of leather weather; as the temperature dips, we’re ready to extend the shelf life of our summer looks by layering them up with something indisputably cool. Enter the biker jacket: as one of those rare pieces that unites all sartorial leanings in its ubiquity – fashion designers included – it feels more relevant than ever this season, tapping into the rebellious spirit of both the streets and the FW18 catwalks.

A classic Perfecto style, with its asymmetric, double-breasted zip front, is genderless, timeless and priceless – it just gets better and better with age. Synonymous with insurgence and associated with underground subcultures, it’s almost impossible not to feel like a badass when you slip one on.

Not to do ourselves out of a job, but styling comes easy with the Perfecto, as it goes with pretty much anything. Look to Chloé, Balenciaga and Givenchy for an elevated take, or picture a mid-’90s Kate Moss twinning with then-boyfriend Johnny Depp in battered leather bikers over black skinny jeans. Try it over something diametrically different to offset the jacket’s tomboyish appeal, such as a slip dress or precisely tailored pants and a silk cami.

Bikers are the coolest way to do his’n’hers dressing, as demonstrated on repeat by Johnny Depp and Kate Moss in the ’90s


  • Alaïa
    Leather biker jacket
  • Acne Studios
    Cropped leather biker jacket
  • Saint Laurent
    Distressed leather biker jacket
  • Balmain
    Leather biker jacket

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