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THERE was an over­ar­ch­ing theme of ‘pro­tec­tive’ fash­ion at the AW18 shows – owing to tur­bu­lent world af­fairs, de­sign­ers said – and nowhere was that more ap­par­ent that with out­er­wear.

Thick, fluffy teddy tex­tures were ev­ery­where, some in tra­di­tional bear browns (chim­ing with the sea­son’s Seven­ties trend), oth­ers in bright, op­ti­mistic hues – think Cookie Mon­ster blue or Elmo red. IF we had to guess which style will turn out to be the an­swer to this year’s shear­ling biker jacket, leop­ard print coats are a good bet.

An­i­mal print was a mas­sive trend in the au­tumn de­signer col­lec­tions, with leop­ard coats tak­ing the top spot at Max Mara, Givenchy, Calvin Klein and Vic­to­ria Beck­ham.

There are two ways to play it with their fierce theme – a louche leop­ard print or a fluffy faux fur, it just de­pends how glam you want to go.

RE­MEM­BER last win­ter, when ev­ery­where you turned there was some­one wear­ing an over­sized black shear­ling biker jacket? The in­sanely pop­u­lar jacket orig­i­nated at Acne but was copied by Zara (who else?), plus prac­ti­cally ev­ery other high street

THE Queen has been a style icon for decades – and this sea­son she’s more in vogue than ever, with Bal­moral tar­tans and her­itage checks seen all over the cat­walks.

Er­dem, Givenchy and Calvin Klein all showed clas­sic tweed and wool coats, while Emilia Wick­stead’s homage to Her Majesty, a bright red tar­tan jacket and kilt, was even more ob­vi­ous.

A check coat is al­ways a sound in­vest­ment: Opt for a well-made wool de­sign in a sim­ple straight cut and it’ll reign in your wardrobe for years to come. re­tailer and sold like hot cakes.

So far this year, there hasn’t been one coat to rule them all on the streets, but then it’s hardly been cold enough for proper coats yet, has it? That’s all about to change, how­ever, with Novem­ber fore­cast to be very chilly in­deed.

Here are the six key coat trends to clock this win­ter...

KATIE WRIGHT has this au­tumn/win­ter’s

es­sen­tial coat trends all wrapped up

FOR­GET bor­ing old beige, this sea­son’s trenches are bright and/or shiny, like the leather styles seen at Miu Miu and Acne or the vinyl beau­ties at MSGM.

If you’d usu­ally as­so­ciate a light trench with spring or early au­tumn, fear not, the high-shine fin­ish adds ex­tra in­su­la­tion. Or you could try an­other cat­walk styling trend and layer your wet-look trench with a furry coat in a tonal hue.

Wal­lis brown leop­ard print faux fur midi coat, cur­rentlyre­duced to £59.50 from £85; black stud de­tail polo neck jumper, re­duced to £20.80 from £26; blackta­pered leg trousers, re­duced to £28 from £35;black low cut shoe boots, re­duced to£44.10 from £49 Red Her­ring leop­ard print wool blend long­line coat £69, Deben­hams

Wal­lis geo­met­ric print wrap, cur­rently re­duced to £21 from £30 River Is­land light brown Borg long­line coat £85; brown vinyl tie waist trench coat £85; cream tur­tle neck long sleeve jumper £26; mid blue amelie ripped hem su­per skinny jeans £42; beige lay­ered sole lace-up train­ers £42

Next check tar­tan coat £80

Miss Sel­fridge rust teddy coat £61.75;navy chevron com­pact knit­tedjumper £35

Me­gan faux fur mi­daxi coat £119,

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