Adding Another Coat

As the chilling Autumn wind becomes colder, the question of outerwear becomes increasingly crucial. Since this season’s coats paraded on the catwalks some time ago, we decided to refreshen our memories and list some key trends for AW1314: a review on coats that can help the undecided narrow down their search on which piece to invest in.

Think pink – This year pastels have lingered from Spring to Fall. The by far most popular color for coats is pink. As if viewed in the dimming winter light, a dusty rose pink is a beloved color choice amongst many designers. The pink color is preferably tailored in a long yet classic silhouette as seen at the runways of both Mulberry and Blumarine. Cashmere or wool are the materials at hand constructing a simplistic grace to each piece.

Me Tartan – Moving on from previous seasons’ “checkmate”, the square was given a bigger influence in the Autumn attire through the tartan print. The tartan, having a relation with the punk trend that is sweeping nations, was during the AW13 fashion shows represented on everything from pants and scarves to coats of all shapes, as seen at Saint Laurent and Céline. Used as an accent to black, or layer on layer, the tartan coat is more than a family matter this season.

All maxed out – the biggest thing trending in coats at the moment is the maxi coat. The floor length silhouette was spotted on the AW13 runways of 3.1 Phillip Lim, Max Mara and Rochas, just to name a few. This key item comes in all colors, but is kept simplistic without unnecessary detailing, letting the length bring both mystery and drama keeping up perfectly with the classical cinematic vibe of many Fall collections.

In short, sheltering oneself from the cold Fall wind, which can this season be nothing but a breeze, can be simple with a classic neutral silhouette, that one can update with something unexpected such as a tartan print, pop of color or dramatic length.

Victoria Edman