A Coat For All Seasons
Posted on December 27 2019
f you’ve seen one coat you’ve seen them all, right? Wrong! As diverse as they are essential, coats hold the power to make or break an outfit. Fear not, though: these are the Autumn/Winter 2019 hero pieces that are worthy of investment.
In The Trenches
Burberry trench coats have been the lifeblood of British wardrobes since World War I, when the style was commissioned as part of military uniform. Its lightweight-yet-hardy cotton gabardine construction made for a supremely versatile layer – and to this day, the classic continues to do battle with unpredictable forecasts. As for AW19, Riccardo Tisci’s slogan-stamped update and Kenzo's reversibles are among the options just untraditional enough to feel dynamic.
Wear with: Maison Margiela Jumper; Lanvin trousers
Between a sumptuous Loewe shearling aviator and Fear Of God’s tactile hooded number, AW19’s dominating outerwear narrative is texture – and lots of it. Team slim leather jackets with tailoring to boss a city-slick look, or partner oversized styles with jeans for dog walks at the weekend. A word to the wise: though many natural hides come fully pre-coated, it’s advisable to protect your investment with a waterproof treatment.
Bolder Is Wiser
The weather is dreary. But your wardrobe needn’t follow suit. Riding the coattails of summer’s logomania movement comes the outerwear rendition of 'more is more'. While the slew of slogans shows no signs of abating at Valentino for Autumn/Winter 2019, Balmain and Missoni reinterpret the statement brief with maximalist prints and palettes to match.
To paraphrase Monty Python: what have the Italians ever done for us? Well, apart from the sanitation, the medicine, and the aqueduct, our Latin cousins are equally setting the standard in oh-so-refined camel coats. As classic as they come, exquisitely tailored versions by Pal Zileri and Brunello Cucinelli display the pinnacle of craftsmanship. Elsewhere, Salle Privée and JW Anderson play up minimalism with a twist, employing directional nuances – from exaggerated lapels to a belted midriff – to elevate the scene.
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