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.
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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, elvi.com