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Society’s rebels, it seems, have often played muse to fashion’s most iconic movements.

In the 1960s, musical siren and fashion darling, Françoise Hardy, would ride her Honda motorcycle through the winding, cobblestone streets of Paris, in statement-making, head-to-toe leather. Fashion mavens took note, musing over the French beauty’s moto-chic uniform, and incorporating similar elements into their own wardrobes.

A decade later, safety-pinned punks in distressed, cowhide coats would wait in queue to watch the Sex Pistols’ Sid Vicious rip on his bass guitar. And later, enter the beret-wearing Black Panthers who fought for civil rights into the ’80s. Both groups unassumingly triggered trends along the way.

The style of these independent spirits was reimagined on the spring ’16 runways, with collections from Vetements, Belstaff, and Alexandre Vauthier, all drawing inspiration from history’s leather-wearing radicals, and biker bandits.

At Louis Vuitton, the brand’s iconic Perfecto jacket was transformed into a long, monogrammed jacket-dress hybrid, while Coach 1941 added colourful floral motifs to a classic moto coat, giving the look an instant feminine flourish.

Leather Renegade 1

Jacket and gloves by Louis Vuitton; helmet by Biltwell, Town Moto; Motorcycle by Harley Davidson.

Leather Renegade 2

Jacket by Belstaff; top by Kotn; skirt by Coach; pants by Mackage; cuffs by The Leather Atelier; watch by Hamilton; ring, goggles, and keychain at Town Moto; earrings by Tiffany & Co.; patch by Rosehound Apparel; motorcycle by Harely Davidson.

Photography by Carlyle Routh. Model: Claudia (ELITE); hair and makeup by Jodi Urichuk (Plutino Group); styling by Sahar Nooraei.

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