FAMOUS BLUE RAINCOAT
Winter isn’t just coming – it’s actually arrived. Roe McDermott has the lowdown on the season’s coolest – or should that be warmest! – coats.
Halloween has come and gone, some over-eager people have scandalously started putting up their Christmas decorations, and so it’s time to admit: it’s officially winter. But winter means that you have an excuse to buy a fabulous new winter coat, and the options available on the high street are deliciously cosy.
Faux fur is huge this season, and was a big feature on the winter catwalks of our own Simone Rocha. Rocha kept their furs in realistic natural hues, however pink seems to be a dominating hue this season, transforming a textile that can be quite heavy into a more bright and whimsical piece. Bubblegum and pastel pinks were favoured by designers such as Phillip Lim, and when paired with black booties and nipped in at the waist with a belt, still look seasonal.
Classic long blazer-style coats never go out of style, but are being elevated this season with some embellishment. Attico emblazoned their traditional camel-hair coats with sparkling mermaids, but if you want something a little less Disney, look for some jewelled bedazzling that will brighten up a cold and grey morning.
Patchwork also gave some winter coats a dash of fanciful individuality. Dolce & Gabbana went for rose patches dotted all over classic camel trenches, while Anya Hindmarch gave her long mustard-hue coats some ’70s-style patchwork, with large hearts and butterflies stitched on. Use her work as inspiration for customising a classic coat – just look out for patches and buttons that catch your eye, and sew them onto lapels and pockets to make your coat truly one of a kind.
If you like keeping your coats traditional and sophisticated, houndstooth and check prints have that classic country manner sophistication. Chanel went for monochrome houndstooth over sparkly sequined boots, while Balenciaga featured grey checks over coloured tights and shiny satchels, for a touch of ’80s working woman. These long-line coats also look effortlessly chic when worn with a pencil skirt and heels, but are also perfect when thrown over jeans and shoe-boots, so they’re a great investment piece.
One textile that’s hard to beat in terms of sheer tactile warmth is trusty old shearling, and the catwalks were teaming with this soft wool. Proenza Schouler brought some snugness to their winter ensembles with shearling-lined coats, keeping it classic with cream and neutral shades. However, don’t be afraid of colour; shearling works beautifully with deep jewel tones, so keep an eye out for amethyst and sapphire shearling jackets that will keep you glowing for all the right reasons.