Leather, Biker Babes and Tough Chicks on the Runway

There was plenty to love in the feminine and froufrou categories this spring, but fashion never tires of a "tough girl" moto jacket and combat boots.

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There was plenty to love in the feminine and frou fou categories this spring, but the fashion set never tires of a "tough girl" moto jacket and combat boot combo. At Rag & Bone, designer Marcus Wainwright gave the look a lighter spin by rendering a traditional biker jacket in soft white leather.
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Rad Hourani shows some version of a modern biker-babe ensemble each season, but we can't hold it against him since he does the look so splendidly. Long leather layers and form-fitting trousers give this model a Matrix-esque mystique.
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Jean Paul Gaultier looked to '80s glam rock and heavy metal for his spring collection. As you might expect from such inspiration sources, a wide array of zipper moto jackets marched down the runway.
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Leave it to Karl Lagerfeld to repackage colorful tweed suiting separates to create a look that reads punk-rock "en haute."
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Though not "biker" by any means, Hermes' menacing leather-clad ladies were undeniably rocking the "don't mess" look.
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By pairing classic biker jackets with prim buttoned-up collars, Balenciaga made the look feel sophisticated and fresh.
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Laser-cut leather at Alexander McQueen felt like a trippy sci-fi take on a motorcycle suit.
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Givenchy's wild child spring collection oriented itself around familiar punk-rock classics like leopard prints and cut-off moto jackets, but were given a luxe twist with the addition of sheer silk chiffon layers and ankle-grazing tulle skirts.
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Cushnie et Ochs' put a feminine spin on their rugged leather separates by pairing them with sheer lace and silk.
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Roberto Cavalli always caters to the fashionably free-spirited, but bohemian looks for spring included more rugged design elements like fringed leather trousers and draped motorcycle jackets.
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Bottega Veneta's croc-stamped leather pieces put a luxury spin on a punk-rock wardrobe staple.
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An unusual kimono cut made Reed Krakoff's leather pieces feel both Old World and fashion-forward.
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Mixed stripes and unfinished hems gave Isabel Marant's punky spring collection a decided downtown music club vibe.
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