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I have a love/hate relationship with trends. Like everybody else that’s not living in a cave and 100% offline, trends affects us whether or not we want or think they do. Then of course there are short-term fast trends that comes and goes. And more long-term shifts.

An interesting thing is when a designer captures and presents a burgeoning trend or shift in the overall direction fashion takes. As I wrote earlier this year I think this was the case when new Creative Head at Bottega Veneta Christoper Lee showed his first collection for SS19.

It’s not just the most wanted Clutch, the bag of the year, that bears his signature. Lee also visualizes better than most a shift away from athleisure and typical street wear looks towards a more sophisticated and pulled together look.

And a commercial selling point of Lee’s collection is that both the more strictly dressed business woman and the free creative can do their takes on this cool edge elegance. It’s not a wild guess that this collection will have a major impact on everything fashion for the seasons ahead.

A centre piece from the BV-collection was the leather shorts. In other designer collections for autumn, like Heidi Slimane’s surprise first collection for Celine you had shorts and the longer Culottes version playing an important role as well.

The leather shorts is an item that you can work into vast arrays of outfits. If you want to do the grown-up take on cool, laid back style as shown in the Bottega Veneta adverts this is probably the easiest way to do it.

And since leather is an ongoing trend that is set to grow bigger, they will add nowness to your old autumn pieces.

For all of us that can’t/ don’t want to buy the Lee version there will of course be more affordable takes when autumn collections lands in store.

One of the very first to offer a more wallet friendly version is Topshop. Their more exclusive Boutique range does them not only in the tan brown I went for, but also a chalk white. Made of genuine, soft leather the price tag is reasonable.

Since my style is as always quite casual and minimalistic I’m wearing them now with simple tank tops, tees and oversized sweaters. High-top sneakers or sandals depending on where on the casual vs dressed up scale the outfits should sit. For colder days booties & blazer will be the perfect companions.

Leather City Shorts, £145, Topshop. Sneakers, now £102, Primury. Fur-lined sandals, £105, Birkenstock. Black mid-heel sandals, now £49 COS. Camel brown hoodie, Weekday (old). Black tank top, Petit Bateau (old). White tee, COS (old). Clutch, Cacharel (old). Chalk coloured cross-body bag, MM6 Margiela (old).

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