Fashion: Stormy leather

Leather tailored for women has usually been overtly sexy - styled either for a Bond girl or a rock chick. But, in the hands of designers such as Belgium's Veronique Branquinho, leather becomes rather more dramatic. The long skirts and high necks shown here, which are normally associated with lighter, more feminine fabrics, are in the Victorian tradition of tempestuous Gothic romance

Left: black leather punched top, to order, by Joe Casely-Hayford, from The Pineal Eye, 49 Broadwick Street, London W1, enquiries 0171 240 3572. Opposite page, above: cream silk chiffon ruffle skirt, pounds 800, from Virginia, 98 Portland Road, London W11, 0171 727 9908; purple leather top with beaded detail, to order, by SK Hyde, enquiries 0181 806 5864; khaki leather jacket, pounds 1,580, by Gucci, 33 Old Bond Street, London W1, enquiries 0171 235 6707. Opposite page, below: grey shirt, pounds 105, by Preen, 5 Portobello Green, 281 Portobello Road, London W10, enquiries 0181 968 1542; black leather strapless bodice and black leather lattice skirt, both by Veronique Branquinho, for Ruffo Research, from a selection at Joseph, 77 Fulham Road, London SW3, enquiries 0171 590 6200

Purple leather slash-neck dress, pounds 400, by Versus, from Versace Jeans Couture, 113-115 New Bond Street, London W1, enquiries 0171 355 2700, or Versace, The Italian Centre, 162 Ingram Street, Glasgow, 0141 552 6510; metal lace choker, pounds 209, by Lesley Vik-Waddell, from Erickson Beamon, 38 Elizabeth Street, London SW3, 0171 259 0202

PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARTIN CROOK

STYLING BY HOLLY WOOD

HAIR: ALEXIS ROCHE USING AVEDA AT PUBLIC

MAKE-UP: MICHELLE MARSH USING CLINIQUE AT PUBLIC

MODEL: MADELEINE AT SELECT

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