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Outerwear Makes a Statement – Part 1

The coat is “THE” key garment for any winter wardrobe but its importance goes well beyond the warmth factor. Outerwear makes a statement about the wearer, expressing the wearer’s personality and fashion sense and giving clues to their lifestyle. Season after season, new styles are introduced on the runways to seduce new customers who must decide which coats deliver their individual fashion message and fit within their budgets. For retailers, outerwear is big business.  Which outerwear trends will drive sales for Fall 2014-Winter 2015?

Burberry Prorsum - Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Burberry Prorsum – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Gucci - Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Gucci – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Missoni - Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Missoni – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Masculine lines have steadily infiltrated mainstream womenswear style, influencing everything from tailored pants to oversized sweaters and suiting details to overcoats. When applied to tailored woolen coats the results are classic and sophisticated, always a good fashion investment. This season designers are also referencing 1980’s minimalism and early 1990’s proportions to create chic, easy, modern looks in outerwear.

Paul Smith - Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Paul Smith – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Dries Van Noten - Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Dries Van Noten – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Haider Ackermann - Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Haider Ackermann – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Another big outerwear trend for the season is capes. From 1960’s mod versions to the Sherlock Holmes Inverness coat, capes were prominent on the runways this season. Designers took a modern twist on the silhouette with innovative cape hybrids, many in fur or with fur trim.

Valentino - Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Valentino – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Saint Laurent - Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Saint Laurent – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

The vest trend of the past few seasons has carried forward this year in new elongated formats as designers delivered a great array of sleeveless coats.   Clean, simple lines give these coats an edge, but the look is now less avant-garde and more mainstream-friendly.

Dior - Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Dior – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Max Mara - Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Max Mara – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Reed Krakoff - Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Reed Krakoff – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Adding fur trim to these sleeveless coats answers the current trend for dressing up casual styles; expect more of it next year.

MSGM - Fall 2014-Winter 2015

MSGM – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Pucci - Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Pucci – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Max Mara - Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Max Mara – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

The trench coat is also getting a nice push this season with multiple materials taking the focus off its practical rainwear heritage and creating stylish hybrids. The best thing about this coat is its belt and how beautifully it transforms when belted with an open décolletage. It is pure, easy chic.

Lanvin - Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Lanvin – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Louis Vuitton - Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Louis Vuitton – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Saint Laurent - Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Saint Laurent – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Richly colored fur coats may be the strongest statement pieces of the season. Nuanced applications approach fur like any other material, allowing for greater disregard of conventions to create unexpected new looks. The emphasis on younger stylings is sure to grab the attention of a new segment of fashion buyers and may replace shoes or handbags as the “must-have” fashion item of the season.

Marc Jacobs - Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Marc Jacobs – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Emilio Pucci -  Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Emilio Pucci – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Paul Smith - Fall 2014-Winter 2015

Paul Smith – Fall 2014-Winter 2015

More on the season’s coats…