Ponchos by (from left to right): Roberto Cavalli and Burberry Prorsum
It’s time to ditch that worn out trench and toss your leather biker, because the statement coat is this season’s new essential. Playful patterns, vibrant hues, graphic prints, longer lengths and unconventional materials set the new breed of outwear apart from past incarnations.
Although they may seem “too editorial” for the real world at first glance, it’s all about pairing your coat with a simple, classic outfit like a LBD or a white button down and jeans. Investing in a good coat is kind of like buying a fancy mattress – you’re going to spend a lot of time in it, so you might as well. Here are our faves from autumn, ready to wear now.
Patterned Ponchos (top)
Since Cara Delevigne swanned down the Burberry Prorsum catwalk sporting her monogrammed poncho, it has been spotted on every It-girl around (SJP, RHW, OP). If you can’t get on the waitlist, try the cool girl alternative – a non-branded, leather panelled Cavalli that is perfect for a night on the town, or even the equally covetable floral Burberry, both of which call for black denim and rocker boots.
(from left to right):Valentino, Emilia Wickstead, Hussein Chalayan
From dove to charcoal, grey is the ideal option for colour adverse fashionistas. Shown on the runway with rich tangerine, Emilia Wickstead’s floral coverup also works with head-to-toe winter white. Faux fur has been reincarnated from department store castoff to conscious-chic, so it may be worth investing in Chalayan’s crinkled interpretation. Finally, make winter a little less sombre with Valentino’s butterfly embellished cape. It’s straight out of a couture fairy tale and you definitely won’t turn into a pumpkin when the clock strikes midnight.
(from left to right):Erdem, 21 Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Gareth Pugh
Metallics are great because they add an air of glamour, no matter what you are wearing underneath. We love Erdem’s paisley printed boxy coat with cut-out sleeve details. At No. 21 Alessandro Dell’Acqua offers a sophisticated prism-effect floral brocade option that can dress up your comfiest blue jeans. Gareth Pugh as usual went all out with a mirrored fabric. It isn’t the most practical option, but imagine it over a fuzzy neutral sweater.
(left to right): Fausto Puglisi, Valentino, Dries Van Noten
We always love a stripe, and the color-blocked graphic interpretations above are top of class. Valentino does classic horizontal muted bands with a pop of lipstick red. Dries van Notan goes psychedelic and Fausto Puglisi’s zig-zag geometrics are dynamite. Add on top of your work wear for a look that is interesting, yet still office appropriate.
New York transplant Lucia Tait Tolani is a writer, stylist and brand consultant with a decade’s worth of experience in the fashion and lifestyle industry. Visit her blog on www.luciataittolani.com.