Cloaked in Coats

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January 9, 2014

Pre-Fall’s second dispatch tackles the cherry equivalent of your winter look

It is a universal truth, chiefly perpetuated by the fashion show seasons that inform what one should wear come fall and winter, that in the event you’ve resolved to buy nothing new save for one nice coat for the upcoming season, you will likely also not need anything else that is new.

This has not always been the case. Historically, coats have been toppers, the Maraschino cherry above an ice cream sundae constructed from female style. And without the ice cream, what is the cherry other than a genetically modified, highly processed and likely cancerous sugar semi-fruit? Nothing good, that’s for sure.

But as far as we can currently tell, coats don’t give you cancer, so that’s phenomenal non-news when considering the role they play in a) generating warmth, b) aiding the quest to wear nothing but the same jeans and sweater all day everyday without being judged and c) evincing that spirit of effortlessness we like so much.

Where The Row is concerned, fashion is never about appeasing trends but in the case of Pre-Fall, it is also, seemingly, not necessarily about offering garments that don’t maintain the life span (nine in all) of a cat. An ankle-length trench coat will be as relevant next season as it was ten years ago and will be ten years from now.

Likewise for the multiple masculine blazers Linda Rodin fashions, and as for that black swing coat: show me a back that does not appreciate the silhouette and I will show you my nail-less pinky toe. The predominantly black, camel, navy and grey collection speak to the spirit of a woman with a capital W who is neither interested in standing out or appearing anything less than indispensably elegant.

On a similar chroma scale (save for a cerulean kicker), Max Mara continued to flex its protruding outerwear muscle, unassumingly recreating coats that have already existed (traditionally knee length and single breasted, bell body and sleeves) and succeeded for seasons. Thom Browne forewent the sense of timelessness evoked in both The Row and Max Mara’s collections and instead interspersed the colors of his stamp — the red white and blue stripe — into several different offerings that pack a punch and beg the question: How often is too often to wear such an ocularly blaring coat? (For what it’s worth, the answer is doled too: No such thing.)

Where there is more color, more menswear and a selection of refined, motorcycle style short jackets, Tibi is further redefining that which falls under the contemporary umbrella, announcing more pale pink and green. In Lanvin’s luxurious, feminine default, the outerwear can almost be mistaken for a formal sweater with a large-skirted overcoat and floor length, short sleeved cloak. There are sprouting seeds of menswear too.

But it’s at Maiyet where the mundane seems the most fresh. To play with just white poplin blouses and long black trousers covered in cropped, slim jackets and houndstooth hoodies and make it seem innovative — that’s pretty cool.

Cool enough, at least, to wear a coat.

Images via Vogue & Style.com

  • Katharina

    awesome coats! except for the ones made of real fur.
    Katharina // Katinka

  • Savannah

    Lanvin and Maiyet are just absolutely divine!

  • Katie Campbell

    The elegance of The Row truly transcends all age groups. It’s not often as a teenager that I find myself lusting over a coat worn by an elegant older woman.

  • http://mafaldadotzero.blogspot.fr/ Mafalda

    I love the furry coat so much! And the other coats are gorgeous too, just what I like.

    Mafalda ❤
    http://www.mafaldadotzero.blogspot.fr

  • Amelia Diamond

    I have two things to say 1) When I grow up I want to be Linda Rodin with a closet full of The Row and 2) Since I am not yet Linda Rodin I will be needing that Pink Tibi coat and those black and white socks AND those man shoes asap. Just in case anyone’s listening.

    • https://www.etsy.com/shop/amatoriaclothing Amatoria Clothing

      I agree! As a coat/jacket addict, this whole slide show was absolutely delicious. I love the clean lines and long hem lines that are coming back. As Leandra said, they are so timeless. I found this vintage coat at a thrift store. I had to take in the shoulders a bit, and I added buttons to give it a more masculine look (it originally had a tie belt). I am in love. It makes me feel a little like Katherine Hepburn, and a little like a gangster.
      I am working on another coat now with leather tweed…

  • Cyrena Monique

    I live for a great coat/jacket! Masculine, Biker, Bomber, and Fur are my faves! C x

    http://letmeseeyourwears.com/

  • jenna

    oh that max mara cape wow!!

  • http://www.creamstop.com/ Mademoiselle C.

    The Row coats are divine. I love ankle length and would wear it year on out, but if you’re more “trendy” I suppose at least you can bust it out every 10 years right?

    And THE Cape. No words. The model is gorgeous. Timeless.

    Mademoiselle C. xx
    http://www.creamstop.com

  • Lilli

    Attack of the coats… that’s what I’m calling it. I’M SO EXCITED

  • Fiftytwothursdays

    Love these! Check out some of my cold weather favs, all on sale!

    http://www.fiftytwothursdays.us/dc/baby-its-cold-outside/

  • Christina Oh

    Personally, if it’s cold and I have to cover up my outfit, I completely support wearing a coat that can stand on its own. At times, the coat is kind of like my entire outfit, so at times like those, it’s a must that it makes a statement.

    http://www.christinasstyle.com

  • Amélie J.

    oooh love these (not the fur ones, though)

    http://perfectlittledaisy.blogspot.com

  • http://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com/ Newborn Fanatic

    Wow that ankle length trench is stunning! i think we may need to invest in more than one special coat for the next fall/winter. :P

    http://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com

  • http://www.erptraining9.com/ SAP Training

    The complete collection of coats is awesome.
    However I liked leather coats more.
    I love leather coats especially in black.
    They go with any dress you wear.

  • http://thoughtsofglam.com/ ThoughtsofGlam

    I just posted about a great sale h&m is having where they have amazing coats already on sale and take off an additional 50% after that! I snagged up a few to update my coat wardrobe since we tend to focus more on clothes than outerwear at times.

    http://www.thoughtsofglam.com

  • Rachel Bell

    These are beautiful pieces. A nice long coat is an investment piece. I just recently purchased a long Pendleton jacket.

  • http://www.lezu.com/ L’ezu

    The Row is genius! Love all of the pre-fall! http://www.LEZU.com