Who popularized it: Kanye West
When we were influenced: 2012 

Eddie Murphy killed the game in a red leather ensemble in his 1987 "Raw" set. Hell, we've seen leather pants just about every year since. But Kanye's re-interpretation of them, along with the leather shirt, was really something no one had ever fucked with. Fans of his style, including some unnamed rappers, took the style risk themselves and overdid it to a level that we hope not to see for a long time.