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Outerwear

Bonded & double-faced coats and Contrast sleeves

Bonded & double-faced coats

The look A key new direction in outerwear, bonded and double-faced fabrics were worked into sculptural shapes to update to classic outerwear silhouettes such as the parka, trench and reefer.

Key colours A/W 11/12 brights can come into play here (see Raf Simons) or for a more commercial look go for a darker outer with a bright inner as at Jean Paul Gaultier or a muted brown as seen at Z Zegna.

Key fabrics Technical fabrics, bonded wools and tweeds, fused coated finishes.

Contrast sleeves

The look Subtle design details are at hand to update basic outerwear pieces (such as the duffle, as seen as John Richmond, which remains strong for A/W 11/12), and one of the key looks is for contrast sleeves, either through the use of contradictory fabric or toning colour (see Versace), with leather and wool combinations looking set to be the strongest direction within the trend.

Key colours All shades of grey, olive and black.

Key fabrics Rugged flannels offset with a contrasting colour or with leather (see Costume National).

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