Issue 38
Cool Coats
This spring, the statement is being effortlessly thrown
over our shoulders to keep us warm and looking cool at the same time.
S
poil for choice is any girl’s reaction to the pretty and plentiful outerwear shown on the catwalk this season. Although available in abundance, none is the same as another, as they each make an outfit work and stand out in a whole new light in each of its own unique way. The key is to wear it proud and here is how.

Playing the elegant leading lady of outerwear this spring is definitely the cropped box jackets. With its strictly sharp square shape, they can be seen in pastel hues and blues, in denim, linen, silk, leather or wool, plain or embellished. A new wave retrospective to the classic trend, these dashing jackets can be worn with anything, making an outfit immediately smart and officially boardroom ready. For the total spring suit look, simply pull on a matching pencil skirt or cropped trousers. At Dolce & Gabbana, these jackets were given the quintessentially Sicilian spin charming us with its fresh cut and glamorous Italian style.

The sporty shell of a bomber jacket also made an impact this spring, as fashion pioneer Marc Jacobs and easy going J. Crew create smashing designs, which demand attention and authority. To make an impression, simply wear it old school with boxer shorts or boyfriend jeans.

A smart investment piece that was, is and will be cool any season is the motorcycle jacket. Wear it with attitude like the fast car racing T-Bird gang at Rydell High School in the movie ‘Grease’. The new collections brew intensely wild excitement, as Erdem painted their nappa leather jacket in floral prints and Acne Studios electrified theirs in electric blue. For something more versatile, Junya Watanabe offers classic black boyfriend-style leather jackets.

Cosy up to cocoon coats this spring. The structured kimono fit goes well with slim, sleek lines and monochrome palettes. Made with wool or leather, the season’s offer is effortlessly clean, minimal and modern. At Roland Mouret, the collection consisted of chic colorblocked pieces, whereas Kaufmanfranco goes mod with a collarless style.

An item that inspires and is interpreted this season is the robe, as designers take it beyond the comfort zone of the home or the dressing room right to the streets. Tied to define the waist, this spring’s robes have a slouchy relaxed fit, wrapping us in comfort, warmth, and the sexiness of a silver screen siren. While Gucci embraced short and sweet designs, Max Mara splashed colors onto their classic cashmere robes. Paired with matching dresses and wide-legged silk trousers at the show, it is clear they have claimed the crown of the absolute must have of the season.

Ultimately, there is no spring without the classic trench coat. To bring some fun to rainy days, go for futuristic designs playing with silk and transparent fabrics as seen at Issey Miyake, Terra New York and Wanda Nylon; or simply fall in love with Burberry’s signature trench in pale lilac lace.


Photography by Paul Krokos; styling by Liza Jugolainen; hair by Bjorn Krischker / Frank Agnency using Bumble and Bumble; make-up by Athena Skouvakis / Frank Agency using Jurlique; model: Emily Smith / Elite' stylist's assistants: Donna Bolt and Menaz Ghafoor.
Opening Image: coat by Ashtiani; shirt by Three Floor; bangle by LAI Jewelry.

Words by Anya Rusakova
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