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