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THINK BIG! That was the mes­sage for coats this fall, a sea­son that launched dozens of fashion memes thanks to the ubiq­ui­tous over­sized silhouettes show­cased on the run­ways. Mis­soni, Si­mone Rocha, Vete­ments and Ba­len­ci­aga swad­dled mod­els in coats and capes—up to seven lay­ers, in some cases. Calvin Klein and Marc Ja­cobs fea­tured roomy (okay, gar­gan­tuan) out­er­wear and boxy shoul­der pads that could dou­ble as pro­tec­tion in a foot­ball game.

Fashion’s ob­ses­sion with volume may have el­e­ments of the po­lit­i­cal—Are we seek­ing pro­tec­tion from a chal­leng­ing world? Is this a com­men­tary on the weight we all carry on our shoul­ders?—but it’s also rooted in func­tion. It’s nice to be cozy, com­fort­able and mo­bile in­stead of con­stricted. (I hate that dis­tinct sausage-cas­ing feel­ing when I have a sweater on and have to cram my arms into my jacket.) And it’s also just fun. I can’t help but smile at the the­atri­cal­ity of vo­lu­mi­nous pro­por­tions.

If you’re in the mar­ket for a new coat—be it super­sized or in ac­tual hu­man di­men­sions—we’ve got lots of in­spi­ra­tion for you. See “High Noon” (page 94), for a range of on-trend pieces, and our out­er­wear spe­cial (page 40), fea­tur­ing our cur­rent mar­ket faves like plaids and puffers. Our cover shoot, fea­tur­ing Brazil­ian su­per­model Is­abeli Fon­tana, high­lights some se­ri­ously high-end faux-fur op­tions from brands like Gucci, which stopped us­ing fur in 2017, and Givenchy, which used only faux fur for its cur­rent fall/win­ter col­lec­tion. There’s some­thing for ev­ery­one. Hope you have an XXL month!

Edi­tor-in-Chief Fol­low me on In­sta­gram and Twit­ter @vanes­sacraft. What do you want to see in the mag­a­zine? Tell us at ed­i­tors@ELLECanada.com or #Tel­lELLECanada. Vanessa Craft

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