There’s Nothing Cooler… Shop These 7 Hot Leather Jackets Now

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The weather reports are calling for a winter to rival last year’s bout of Polar Vortex… so before everyone hunkers down into a cocoon of down and gore-tex, we’re recommending you take advantage of the gorgeous leather weather currently on offer. Is there anything better? Take your pick.

BlackBook-0800Burberry Brit Washed Leather Biker Jacket, $1995 

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The Arrivals Lautner Modern Biker jacket, $585

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Alexander Wang Laser Cut Bonded Bomber, $995

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Pyer Moss Northman Leather Bomber, $1875 

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Brave Gentleman Future Suede Moto Jacket, $870

BlackBook-1398Diesel L-Devra Leather Bomber Jacket, $698

BlackBook-0746Schott One Star Perfecto Leather Motorcycle Jacket, $670

Photographer: Ben Rosenzweig
Style Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Model: Jessey Stevens (Request)
Grooming: Ashley Rebecca
Photographer Assistant: Caroline MJ Dorn
Fashion Assistant: Emily Ovaert

Weekend Update, #NYFW Style: Hanging with Peyton List, Travi$ Scott, and Happy Models

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Peyton List and BlackBook’s Sara Spruch-Feiner at Nanette Lepore. Via @sarajanenyc on Instagram.

Alyssa: Hey girls!

Emily: Hello!!  What’d you get up to today?

Alyssa: It’s so bad but every time someone asks me that I have to look at my calendar. I’m losing my mind. Hopefully not really. Hold please. Where were you today?

Sara: Today has been insane. Honestly these are the moments I remember why I love fashion. There is a frenetic energy in this industry that is essentially inimitable. The people, their creativity is truly one-of-a-kind. I’m writing to you guys from Queen of the Night at the Paramount Hotel which is insane. We just cleared out table by THROWING dishes across a room. We are here for the new Noble collection by William Rast. It is a huge acrobatics show. The woman next to me is a horse vet and has been here before. She is showing me the ropes. It’s very interactive. We were fed short rib and wine and grapes. It’s an acrobatics show. The seats are upholstered in leopard velvet.

It was also the last day of Linda Honan’s FFF at the Highline hotel.  I dropped by Mary Helen Bowers’ Ballet Beautiful class. So that obviously necessitated a trip back to the Zappos braid bar and this time I got pics! #obsessed

Emily: Cute! I was at Alejandro Ingelmo’s presentation at Robert Miller gallery–the shoes were beautiful and it was awesome having the event at a gallery.

Alyssa: Ooh, a little art and fashion. Who was showing?

Emily: Peter Sacks. The shoes were so polished and it was cool to have them set against the backdrop of rough, texturized, modern art.

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Alyssa: So cool. I started out with DKNY, which I love loved. Coolest shoes, kind of platform sneakers… great clothes that were sporty and street but chic. Styling was great. Totally a celebration of New York and real New Yorkers. Basically I want it all.

And then I spent some time with the dudes today… Mark McNairy then the men’s presentations at Milk. Mark McNairy was so fun. Everyone (models included) had a beer in hand, and Travi$ Scott opened and closed the show. Kid is energetic. There was also a shirt that read: M*A*S*H Potatoes — I mean… Fun vibes at McNasty.

Sara: That’s funny — I raced to William Rast from the tents where I saw Nanette Lepore. I was there with actress Peyton List who is just the best. (More on her later). She sat with the cast of Orange is the New Black in the front row. And then with Carmen Electra in the MBFW lounge.

Nanette’s final model was her daughter, Violet, who drew huge cheers from the crowd. The finale was a spectacular dance party/conga line led by Nanette and Violet. The models looked like they were having so much fun!!

Alyssa: Love a good model dance party. Everyone was having fun today, including the boys at Pyer Moss, who paused mid-presentation for the all important #selfie. Usher was there… if only we’d gotten him to dance, too.

Sara: I did not have my dancing shoes on today. My feet are killing me–I put on 6 inch heels to hang out with Peyton who still towered over me 🙂

We had so much fun! She wore a blue suit by Nanette Lepore and looked unbelievable.

Emily: I feel you on the foot pain (glamorous), I’ve sworn off them for the remainder of fashion week.  Pretty sure the only people wearing heels have drivers.  That or flip flops in their purse.

Alyssa: Today at Eckhaus Latta I saw a girl carrying Timbs in clear plastic bag, the kind I use to organize stuff in my styling kit. Not so chic… but practical? Ooh and our girl Hari Nef was there, modeling in the show. Hari was in Hood By Air before that, too. BlackBook on the runway, bbs!

(P.S. you can follow us through #NYFW on Instagram at @alyssashapiro@sarajanenyc. And of course, @blackbookmag.)

Getting Dressed with Usher at the BET Awards

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Kerby Jean-Raymond, the designer behind Pyer Moss, has been consulting on wardrobe for Usher for months now. Earlier this week Usher took the stage at the BET Awards wearing a leather biker jacket, drop crotch pants, and mesh tee by the designer. Here’s what Kerby had to say about working with the legend, and what’s next for Pyer Moss. 

How did you begin working with Usher and what is your collaborative creative process like? 

Usher’s Stylist Gali Barraza approached me at my SS14 show at Milk Studios. She wandered in by chance and fell in love with the stuff. She started pulling things for him and later they began customizing items, which I happily made. As some of his live shows were coming up and The Voice Season 3 began, I started helping in creating key pieces for his wardrobe regularly. I was recently approached about working with the entire band and dancers beginning with the BET Awards.

Usher and I have similar styles so designing for him is a breeze. For his crew, he wants them all to dress authentically, an extension of their personality. Some are conservative, some need a lot of bling; they are all stars and they all have to shine in their individual ways.

Tell us about the Killer biker jacket and the Ryan mesh tee, and why it was a great fit for Usher.

Usher is a true performer, he does not lip sync and he dances vigorously so he needs breathable clothing, the Killer comes in a lightweight perforated leather option and the Ryan comes in a mesh option with vents that allow him to breathe! We’ve made several of each for him.

What did you think of Usher’s performance? And can you describe what about Usher as a performer and musician really stands out to you?

I watched Usher rehearse for two weeks from morning until 11 p.m. He kept a notepad by his mic the same way I keep a sketchbook in every room in my apartment and office. He is a perfectionist, I thought his performance was flawless, and he reminded everyone why he’s never going anywhere, and why he is the legend he is.

So it sounds like NYFW is coming up for you….tell us about your plans, what we can expect!

You can expect Pyer Moss in its truest form, the evolution of athletic uniforms into high quality menswear pieces. Mixed media is a must. Complex pattern making that make my team cringe is also a must.

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