Bold Colours lead the way in win­ter out­er­wear

Bold colours, big cuts and western in­flu­ence fill run­ways as cold-weather sea­son ar­rives

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - FRONT PAGE - ALEESHA HAR­RIS ahar­ris@post­media.com

If pon­der­ing the win­ter sea­son ahead con­jures up images of grey days and even greyer fash­ion choices, well, you’re in for a sur­prise.

This cold-weather sea­son, it’s all about mak­ing a sar­to­rial state­ment. And, as one might imag­ine, it all be­gins with out­er­wear.

“This sea­son we saw so many amaz­ing coats on the run­ways — whether it was an over­sized plaid jacket from Ba­len­ci­aga or a shaggy, faux-fur coat from Dries Van Noten,” said Joseph Tang, the fash­ion di­rec­tor at Holt Ren­frew.

While a flat­ter­ing sil­hou­ette is al­ways in style, Tang said some of this sea­son’s hottest out­er­wear items were also those that play with pro­por­tions — some­times in a very dra­matic (al­most the­atri­cal) way.

“We are al­ways see­ing a lot of de­sign­ers play with pro­por­tions whether it’s in an ex­ag­ger­ated sleeve or an over­sized sil­hou­ette,” he ex­plained. “Ba­len­ci­aga ex­em­pli­fied this to an ex­treme with their 3D -moulded coats done with a per­fect hour-glass sil­hou­ette.”

And the bold move­ment doesn’t stop with state­ment­mak­ing out­er­wear, ac­cord­ing to Tang. It con­tin­ues on to colours and prints, too.

“We saw a lot of de­sign­ers play on themes from the ’80s and there was no short­age of neon on the run­ways,” he ex­plained of the un­ex­pected colour pal­ette. “We loved the way Prada took neon and rein­ter­preted it into modern sil­hou­ettes for a more con­tem­po­rary look. Their neon ny­lon bags and ready-to-wear were stand­outs.”

The colour play of the sea­son will, as a col­lec­tive, skew more to­ward bold con­trasts than basic blacks and greys, Tang said.

“There is a wide spec­trum of key colours for the sea­son. Bold colour sto­ries in pink, green and or­ange was also key.”

But, don’t worry, there will be some black items on op­tion. They’ll just be a lit­tle less … basic than we’re used to see­ing them.

“We saw a lot of tex­tured blacks in patent leathers and faux croc, which look very luxe,” Tang said.

If you’re more of a basic- blue-jeans-and-clas­sic-coat­stype of fash­ion fan, or are slightly colour averse, don’t worry, there’s cer­tainly some­thing for you this sea­son. So long as you’re will­ing to skew a lit­tle bit western, that is.

“We saw a lot of western in­flu­ences on the run­ways,” Tang said. “Whether it was long pais­ley dresses or nat­u­ral coloured shear­ling paired back to western-in­spired boots.”

While Tang points to the Aus­tralian la­bel Zim­mer­man and iconic Ital­ian house Fendi as two ex­am­ples of the western theme done “very well,” style de­riv­a­tives of the Wild West (think: shoul­der yokes, up­dated takes on cow­boy boots, fringe de­tails, shear­ling and suede) are sure to be spot­ted this win­ter at a wide ar­ray of re­tail­ers, at var­i­ous price points, for both men and women.

“We’ll have su­per lux­u­ri­ous shear­ling coats from brands like Ber­luti and Bri­oni,” Tang ex­plained of the plush skins. “And the men’s plaid work jacket is over­sized in sil­hou­ette and per­fect for fall tran­si­tion weather — Ver­sace did a great ver­sion of this.”

For fur­ther fash­ion for men, we can ex­pect to see a con­tin­u­a­tion of street wear in­spired pieces, again, from vir­tu­ally ev­ery fash­ion house and high-street brand. Tang ’s pick for “el­e­vated” takes on the on­go­ing love af­fair with jog­gers, hood­ies and sneak­ers were from Valentino, Givenchy and Prada.

And, when it comes to lo­gos, well, we can ex­pect to see bold, branded items just about ev­ery­where this sea­son. Again.

“This trend con­tin­ues to be su­per strong on the run­ways,” Tang ex­plained of the on­go­ing, aptly named ‘lo­go­ma­nia’ move­ment. “De­sign­ers are un­apolo­get­i­cally splash­ing their lo­gos over ready-to-wear and ac­ces­sories and we can’t get enough of it! Louis Vuit­ton, Gucci and Ba­len­ci­aga all em­body this trend.”

So, what’s this style in­sider’s top pick for the must-have item this fall-win­ter sea­son that’s wor­thy of mak­ing an in­vest­ment on? Thank­fully, it’s some­thing that ticks both the fash­ion and the func­tion boxes.

“An amaz­ing coat,” he replied suc­cinctly.

A fail-safe fall fash­ion buy, in­deed.

Some of the hottest out­er­wear items are also those that play with pro­por­tions. The move­ment does not stop with state­ment-mak­ing out­er­wear — it con­tin­ues with bright colours and bold prints, too.

Ba­len­ci­aga Ville Top-Han­dle XXS Bag. $2,240 | Holt Ren­frew Toga Open Cross Western Boots. $545 | Holt Ren­frew

Nar­ciso Ro­driguez Wool Pique Pen­cil Skirt. $1,100 | Holt Ren­frew

Ba­len­ci­aga Logo Crew­neck. $1,190 | Holt Ren­frew

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