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Outerwear updates you won’t want to miss

Lauretta Roberts

It’s always a good sign for retailers when designers show new desirable directions for outerwear in an autumn season.

It’s always a good sign for retailers when designers show new desirable directions for outerwear in an autumn season. It encourages the consumer to update that big-ticket item - their winter coat. And there’s plenty to tempt in the collections we’ve analysed so far (in menswear too - see last week’s Drapers or go to www.wgsn-boutique.com and apply for your free trial subscription).

Key looks for outerwear at New York Fashion Week include the cape, which takes on new guises such as the poncho, high-low hemmed versions, and more formal slim styles, making it an item that can be adapted for all age groups. I also love the new takes on the duffle coat, in particular the sleeveless Derek Lam version.

Also key for coats is texture; we’re seeing a lot of fur (fake or real), shearling and fabric combinations.

A/W 11/12 also delivers a strong direction in colour with a divine new palette of rich reds, browns, golds, blues and teals that provide great creative clashing options.

These shades provide the perfect base for the 1970s-meets-1940s vibe of the season, and the perfect excuse for consumers to update their look.

Lauretta Roberts, creative director, WGSN Boutique

Each week we’ll be bringing you a snapshot of our content via the pages of Drapers and on Drapersonline.com, but if you want to benefit from the full service visit us at www.wgsn-boutique.com

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