Covet: the biker look

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 December, 2013, 5:57am
UPDATED : Friday, 06 December, 2013, 6:00am

The biker look resurfaces almost every autumn-winter. It is inherently a cold weather look owing to the generous use of leather, whether it is a motorcycle jacket with the asymmetrical zip front enclosure or the leather pants with quilting and patchwork details around the knees that have become quite the fashionable thing to wear lately.

Say biker and James Dean, Marlon Brando and Steve McQueen immediately come to mind. These three gods of men's style have made the biker look one of the hallmarks of menswear. It is no wonder then that designers are always finding new ways to reinvent the style, whether it is to add graphic stripes to a motorcycle jacket as in the case of 3.1 Phillip Lim's (pictured, HK$23,190) or by lining it with shearling (a technique that was used by Christopher Bailey a few seasons ago) or by applying studs and grommets (as seen at Balmain).

The best interpretations of the biker jacket are of course those that are true to its roots - pared down to the basic structure and not weighed down by unnecessary elements. At its most basic, it is a classic.