Now that the temperature drop may have sent you searching for new and shiny warm things, we'd like to take this opportunity to propose some outerwear that will turn up the heat in your life, or at least in your closet. Here is a snug selection for women ("men" for part 2) by our buyer and creative director, Karlo Steel.
UNDERCOVER TUXEDO COAT
Ever felt snuggly in a tuxedo jacket with tails? You will if it comes with a generous helping of spongy faux lamb. Satin lapels and covered buttons never seemed more casual when your hands are being kept warm in patch pockets soft as mittens.
Follow the lines. Lines that are clear, clean and cool. In the darkest of midnight blue, Jil Sander’s double faced wool coat is fastidious and fuss free. No visible buttons to distract from the pure form, no pocket flaps; just the elegant, unexpected fluting at the coat’s end. A graceful offset to the rigor.
The beige trench. Ultra classic and essential. But that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Act No.1’s trench surprises with a pale flutter of pleats in back. And at the wrists, free form sleeve straps to tie your way or not at all. Give the extra long waist belt a double tour.
Reoccurring ruching punctuated with horizontal flounces is the big idea with Noir Kei Ninomiya’s down-filled bomber. From the front: a soft, glossy black texture from neck to waist. But in the back, a single buckle strap holds everything in place. Contrast is everything.
The image of a rose, an endless source of inspiration in fashion, is blown up to the point of abstraction on this softly shimmering coat. Its scarlet beauty becomes even more potent against the subtly textured black. Buttonless, with an A-line flair, the coat is easy, effortless and pretty as a petal.