Originally Posted by Morgan
I understand what you're saying, but many stylistic choices are made precisely because a particular piece carries certain connotations. I mean, when a designer appropriates a style from biker or S&M subculture (to use Fuuma's examples), the designer isn't erasing those associations but highlighting and recontextualizing them. You can't make something your own without acknowledging that it was someone else's first.
Black leather is an aggressive, typically masculine material. This is exactly why Schott Perfectos are so badass, and why the Gestapo looked so terrifying. At the same time, this creates a higher degree of difficulty for the wearer. It makes a statement, and that statement is not "I'll meet you for gin and tonics at the club." Sure, you can use washed lamb or some other softened/wrinkled leather or whatever but then you're just highlighting the contrast between the altered material and traditional "black leather," with all that implies.
I've seen aeglus pull off a Perfecto-type jacket in WAYWT, but it's not an easy look (I could not do it) and he deserves credit for making it look good.
jet, have you posted to ratemydoodie.com yet? I bet they would love to see your leathery, artfully distressed extrusions.
Are you 172 years old?