Posts Tagged ‘leather dress

Haute Leather: Ming Xi For Vogue China // Christopher Kane

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Ming Xi For Vogue China wears Christopher Kane’s leather dress made popular by Emma Watson. Ming takes the leather dress into high fashion gear, with a sleek pair of lace-up boots, teamed with  statement  fur and belt accessories.

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November 16, 2010 at 4:56 am

Yasmeen Ghauri :: Perforated Leather Face

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Get tongues wagging with statement perforated leather; like 80’s model Yasmeen (pictured above) !

Alexander Wang Spring 2011 leather belt bag @ Opening Ceremony

Diane von Furstenberg strapless laser-cut black leather @ net-a-porter

Vera Wang Lavender ‘Verdi’ Bootie @ Nordstrom

Alaïa’s black leather waist belt with broderie Anglaise perforation @ net-a-porter



Lauren by Ralph Lauren’s sheepskin leather driver gloves @ Bloomingdale’s


Alexander McQueen Fall ’09 >> Rihanna >> The Jay Leno Show

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Rihanna spotted Alexander McQueen’s quilted leather jacket Fall 2009  for an appearance on The Jay Leno show last year.


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February 13, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Rad Hourani Runway >> Street Style

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Hanneli Mustaparta hits all the style notes in Rad Hourani’s leather dress.

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October 21, 2009 at 1:21 pm

North Beach Leather Is Still The Season’s Most Covetable Look

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Michael Hoban visionary fashion designer, holds his place history for changing the course of fashion. He came up with elaborate concepts and shaped them into leather.  His company North Beach Leather (NBL)  was the largest privately owned leather company in the United States in the late 80’s.

In the ever-changing  world of fashion, Hoban’s style has transcended trends. He was quoted in an interview saying  “What everybody else calls fashion, I’ve been in forever,” . Vintage North Beach styles are a huge hit with the fashion elite.

  • NBL Snake Skin Leather

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Editor-in-chief of  US Vogue, Anna Wintour looked fabulous in Prada’s snake skin coat,  front row at  Luella Spring / Summer 2010 show during London Fashion Week.

  • NBL Tuxedo Leather Dress

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Supermodel Agyness Deyn was sporting a hot tuxedo leather dress,  from the House of Holland line by Henry Holland  during London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2010.

  • NBL Zippered Leather Dress

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Muse Carmen Kass opened the show in a gorgeous white leather zipper shift dress at Michael Kors Spring 2010.

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Heiress/fashion designer Nicky Hilton  wore  Elise Øverland’s zippered leather LBD, at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards

  • NBL Brightly Colored Leather

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A blue leather dress at Proenza Schouler Spring 2010 RTW

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An electric blue leather skirt at Jill Stuart Spring 2010 RTW

Hoban’s iconic North Beach western-style leather jacket, similar to the one worn by Christy Turlington below, is in the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History in Washington.

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North Beach clientele has encompassed Hollywood greats, such as Elvis , Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Frank Sinatra, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, John Lennon, Cher, Dolly Parton and many more.

The industry’s most sought-after models have graced the cover of past North Beach Leather Ad campaigns,  Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Estelle Hallyday, Christy Turlington, Tatjana Patitz, Angie Everhart, Daniella Pestova , Stephanie Seymour and Karen Mulder .

Hoban has also worked with top photographers from Skrebneski, Herb Ritts, Philip Dixon to Bensimmon have assisted in creating edgy, targeted and memorable campaigns. Read more here.

Cover of the day: Tatjana Patitz for Cosmopolitan

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Tatjana Patitz for Cosmopolitan May 1987. She looks striking in this blue leather dress , possibly North Beach Leather by 80’s fashion guru Michael Hoban.

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September 2, 2009 at 12:15 am

Michael Hoban’s North Beach Leather Dress – makes a return!

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Fashette.wordpress.com is the Official meeting place for Michael Hoban’s North Beach Leather (NBL). Read below correspondence from NBL Founder & Designer Michael Hoban, NBL ex-General Manager Skip Pas &amp and Catherine Hoban (Michael Hoban’s daughter); fans!!! Thank you for your support ♥♥♥

UPDATE ** Catherine Hoban, Michael Hoban’s daughter recently contacted Fashette, to set the record straight on North Beach Leather and Skip Pas. See comments section below.

UPDATE ** Mr Skip Pas, ex-general manager of North Beach Leather,  recently contacted Fashette to announce West Coast Leather’s new store in Chicago!

Submitted on: Nov 10, 2010 @ 22:02,

“North Beach Leather went into a General Assignment in 2003 . At that time i started a new company West Coast Leather . I kept the name North Beach Leather for 2 years under a licence with the California Courts . We own all the old paterns from the old company and have continued to creat new collections yearly each  Spring and Fall. Leather has become the focus of all the top designers in the world and look for a mega year in 2011 . West Coast Leather has 2 retail locations in San Francisco and a new location at the Water Tower Place in Chicago on Michigan Ave .. We use only the top Italian lambskins and creat these designs in our design studio boutique location at 290 Sutter Street ..”

Fashette would like to thank  Mr Michael Hoban for his comments on  our  post, this is such an honor!

Mr Michael Hoban writes:

Dear Fashette,

I enjoyed reading this article, however my only correcting is that Skip Pass does own North Beach Leather. Yes, he was general manager of the San Francisco store for about 1o years, but now owns his own company called West Coast Leather (completely separate from my ex-company) . Mr. Pass was only general manager and has never owned even a small share of NBL.

Michael Hoban was one of the first designers in the 1960s to introduce counterculture leather jackets and clothing to Hollywood’s celebrities;  Including Supermodel Cindy Crawford (seen in the Ad campaigns).

Micheal was born in the rough Roxbury section of Boston where, in the 1950s, he was the leader of the Warriors, a teenage street gang. He was later to use the street gang clothing of that time as inspiration for many of his designs.

But in the summer of 2003, after insurmountable financial troubles, Hoban lost the business, and he has since relocated to Hawaii. The company is now owned by 46-year-old Skip Pas, Hoban’s former general manager, who kept the famous name and the clingy designs. Only one North Beach Leather store remains, on Grant Avenue, on Union Square.

Most recently vintage “North Beach” leather  styles  with gold buttons,  have been a popular celebrity choice. Read more here

Above, Paris Hilton wore a sleek red leather dress, in LA this year.

Ece Sukan at Paris Fashion week this year, chose  a vintage military North Beach dress.

Maria Sharapova sported a stunning  leather dress by  Vintage Chanel at the ESPY Awards 2007.

Angelina Jolie wore a fierce Michael Kors leather dress for theInglourious Basterds’ premiere.

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Cindy & Stephanie (1998)