Ladies Love Leather (Apparently)

[![M&S Leather Dress](https://i1.wp.com/adam.tinworth.org.s42723.gridserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/6a00d8341da3af53ef0120a95e7800970b-320wi.jpg?w=525 "M&S Leather Dress")](http://kingdomcome.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341da3af53ef0120a95e7800970b-800wi) Now, I love a woman in a leather dress as much as the next straight man. So, the news that the above Marks & Spencer dress is flying off the shelves ([it's out of stock only a week after it was launched](http://www.marksandspencer.com/gp/product/B000VQ9I6U/ref=sc_ca_c_2/202-3437559-7923035?ie=UTF8&no=63622031&mnSBrand=core&me=A2BO0OYVBKIQJM "M&S Limited Collection Black Leather Dress")) should be enough to put a smile on my face for weeks, or at least, for the rest of the autumn season. [![Msleatherdm2809b-298x800](https://i1.wp.com/adam.tinworth.org.s42723.gridserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/6a00d8341da3af53ef0120a95e79b1970b-120wi.jpg?w=525)](http://kingdomcome.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341da3af53ef0120a95e79b1970b-800wi)The Daily Mail is [busy singing its praises](http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/femail/article.html?in_article_id=484610&in_page_id=1879 "The hot M&S Leather Dress"), and it was [noticed by some bloggers weeks ago](http://kingdomofstyle.typepad.co.uk/my_weblog/2007/09/hell-for-leathe.html "Kingdom of Style") ([and some commenters](http://fashionation.wordpress.com/2007/09/16/that-perfect-leather-dress/#comment-9289)). 
 And yet…
Well, for one thing, I really do fail to understand the "hit dress" idea. Every woman I know has a quiet horror of turning up at a "do" in the same dress as another woman. Surely the very notion of "hit dress" should be a big, flashing neon sign warning women away? And, is it me, or does that dress looks a bit, well, cheap? Somehow, both the M&S image on the left, and the Daily Mail one on the right make a genuine leather dress look like pleather. And that can't be good.