NEW YORK — Leather’s got more swagger than ever. It has been shaped into everything from trenchcoats to evening dresses, and now the sporty leather jacket is a pivotal resort look. Here, Kenneth Cole’s blouson jacket over Leigh Bantivoglio’s nylon and cotton top and Perry Ellis’ cotton pants, photographed at the Island Mermaid, Fire Island. For more on the season’s leathers, see the photo spread “Leather Conditions.”

This story first appeared in the August 10, 2004 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.