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THE COAT GUIDE

The ultimate guide to investing in new-season outerwear

  • 1. THE LONG VIEW

    THE LONG VIEW

    Universally flattering, long coats are a wardrobe fail-safe. This season, the style arrived oversized at Loewe and Off-White, allowing for another autumn trend: layering. This year, the belt is a design feature, not merely a waist-cincher. Dries Van Noten’s already exaggerated coats, which featured leg-of-mutton sleeves and cocoon silhouettes, were amplified further with sashes tied tightly into neat bows. Chloé, on the other hand, offset lustrous parkas, blazers and fluid dresses with tough leather belts.

  • 4. MAKE A STAND

    MAKE A STAND

    Cut away from coat convention with vibrant faux furs, hazard-tape-style high-vis – as seen at Calvin Klein 205W39NYC – and animal prints. A continuation of Spring/Summer 2018’s penchant for primary colours, paint-box brights dominated the catwalks. Keeping with the tonal trend of the past two seasons, designers focused on single shades rather than clashing colours – though this, too, was seen on a lesser scale. There’s an assortment of standout styles, from the much-hyped workwear jackets that have created a viral sensation, to the less polarising (and probably more timeless) embellished coats by Roksanda and Christopher Kane.

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