The fashion community prepares for seasons far in advance. The Fall 2009 pieces, for instance, were catwalked last winter. Although I understand why it’s necessary to show fashion lines so early (so that distributors, ready-to-wear-ers, and marketers can do their thing), it does seem strange that designers should be mum now, when women are actually beginning to think about what they’ll wear this fall and winter. And so, all this week, Shoeflyer has been featuring fall trends, to help you get ready for the chilly days ahead. At least you have one consolation as the summer fades: fall and winter mean you can wear more leather! Today’s trend is all about leather (or imitation leather). Perhaps due to the tough economy, designers have been pairing leather with plenty of biker/punk flair, including buckles, safety pins, grommets, and hooks.