Leather Summer Shorts By Alexander Wang

If you don't already visit the Vogue.com website, you really should. It's fashion in the raw. Sure, the magazine is nice with all its glossy pages and epic ads, but the website adds a certain je ne sais quoi with its fashion trends section that is ominously without a lot of words, but with a great deal of pictures.

The summer leather section is particularly of interest to those of us who like our clothing to be naturally wrenched from the carcasses of dead animals. And though that sounds rather sarcastic, it really shouldn't be taken that way at all. It is the circle of life, and it moves us all. We become the grass and the antelope eat the grass, so there is no reason why we shouldn't traipse about the place with horns on our heads if the mood takes us whilst we're alive. But not fur. Fur is bad. Fashion morality is confusing.

But what isn't confusing at all is Alexander Wang, who has taken the latest light leathers from the tannery and sculpted something between lederhosen and something Kevin Sorbo would have worn back in the good old days, when they were still making new episodes of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

I like these shorts. I like them mostly because they are held together with leather lacing, which is almost as impractical as it is stylish. Who needs newfangled buttons and zippers when you can go old school on your pants and hope the bow doesn't come undone at an inopportune moment?

I also approve of the way that the tie ends before the top of the shorts, which means midriffs can be exposed, which is what summer is all about. Some ancient cultures revered summer as the time of year in which maidens would reassure everyone that midriffs were still in existence. I made that up, but it could be true, with all the midriffery one sees around the place in summer, one could be forgiven for thinking that the mid-stomach region held some special cultural relevance, aside of course, from the mildly arrogant reminder to onlookers that one's stomach is still flat and toned in a way theirs could never hope to be.

Anyway, light leather shorts, good stuff. I imagine these would be a pure joy to have sticking to your behind on a hot summer's day. If you got sunburned, these shorts could act as a sort of second skin whilst your actual skin sloughs off in wet chunks.

Ah, summer.

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