Over the past few seasons the motorcycle jacket has gone from a trend to a classic. It has shown up in black leather with rebel studs, cotton prints, fine wool, quilted nylon and tweed. The variations are endless so it seems that the moto is now a classic piece that should be in everyone’s wardrobe. Here’s a 1/2 page from Harper’s Bazaar August issue showing the rebel classic.
The moto became a symbol of youth rebellion in the 1950s with films like the The Wild One and Rebel without a Cause. In the 70s and 80s it was personified by “The Fonz” on Happy Days and Matt Dillon in the Outsiders.
My own wardrobe has 3 unique interpretations of the motorcycle jacket.
Blue/Grey Lambskin was custom made for me by an apparel supplier I worked with on branded uniforms. It has a feminine cut and the moto styling is softer.
Cotton, printed jacket from Anthropologie. I wear this with everything from jeans to trousers and it’s a great topper for an LDB.
Grey leather from Danier. Neutral, classic styling. This jacket has a boxier fit so I can wear it over sweaters even in late fall.
I created this jacket for the doll in the classic rebel style. I used a black cotton paper from Above Ground art supplies and metallic silver paint for the details. Jeans are the doll’s own.
Harper’s Bazaar page from August Digital Issue
All jackets – Lori Tonizzo
Doll – Lori Tonizzo
Header – Grafitti background Lori Tonizzo