Never did I ever think I’d see the day I’d be sliding myself into a pair of patent leather pants, let alone the matching patent leather bralette. But the moment I did, I felt like a whole new woman. Gone was the mild mannered, happy little wallflower, and here emerged someone looking to stir up a little controversy.
Gempicket‘s Audrey Sleepless Bra and Pants somehow make wearing manmade material seem elegant and even sophisticated. Sure, these pieces have the potential to take a totally wrong turn and should be handled with caution– much like a semi automatic weapon. The contrast of delicate lace against patent leather and the high neckline countering the near nudity create a perfect paradox.
On my way to the shoot location, I wore a pair of Adidas Stan Smith sneakers to avoid injury and eliminate extra time spent teetering along the cobblestones of the far West Village and realized how cool these pants would also look in a very laid back setting- dare I say Saturday brunch with a vintage t-shirt and denim jacket? Upside? Spilled mimosas wipe right off.
Patent leather is having a moment this season, which is ironic as my first tantrum was thrown over the very same material and the only shoes Smitty ever chewed were also patent leather. Fits of rage and oral fixations aside, find a way to incorporate it into your closet whether full pants, mini skirt, or even a Julia Roberts boot.
Photos by Michael Stiegler