Despite trusty predictions from our groundhog friend, it’s starting to feel a lot like Spring for New York City dwellers and that’s a VERY good thing. I’m trying not to get prematurely excited, but I can feel the warm sunny rays and I’ve been making subtle shifts to lighter layers when headed into the city. That being said, I’m all too willing to be trading in my parka for a twill topper, which has inspired me to take a closer look at the new silhouettes emerging in trench coats.
So where to begin? Burberry Spring 2017 seemed like a logical place to start. London is basically synonymous with trench coats and other all-weather staples, giving the brand a perfect platform to breathe fresh air into a trend that’s all but new. This season was all about modern daintiness and feminine functionality. Trenches became wearable dresses with an ease that seemed almost organic. Added ruffles and lace appliqué throughout the majority of the collection helped to carry this cohesive sense of effeminate awakening that fit wonderfully with notions of Spring. Simone Rocha is another designer with a notable ability to understand and translate her approach to femininity in a way that many women can relate to. In this case, her assortment included a deconstructed approach to styling with utilitarian elements here and there. Some sheer and some twill, all of the oversized trench coats maintained the same ease and finesse as the remainder of the collection.
If you’re going to justify buying one coat this season, it’s hard to argue against a new and improved trench. Lightweight overcoats are priceless essentials for work, travel or just about any other situation when baring arms isn’t preferable. And did I mention it could also double as a statement piece? Take the Alexander Wang Indigo Denim coat or the Redford oversized trench from Topshop Unique. Neutral enough to be casual day-time favorites but polished enough running around town for meetings. Belted and flared options are a must-have for this season as well, I would try the Jellychess trench from A.W.A.K.E. or Thierry Colson’s embroidered matelassé version. And for my eco-conscious shoppers, you’ve really hit the jackpot with Stella McCartney’s “Alter” faux-suede trench coat and the Attico “Dara” waist-tie trench in faux-patent leather. There are quite a few directions to take with Spring outerwear, but I’m a strong advocate for a reworked classic.
Maybe it’s all of the vintage Sidney Poitier movies I’ve been watching over the past few weeks, combined with the temperature spike that’s been influencing my new style needs. Whatever the reason, it’s certainly the beginning of trench season.
Brands we love: Topshop Unique “Redford” Oversized Cotton Twill Trench Coat, Vetements + Mackintosh Oversized Cotton Trench Coat, Alexander Wang Indigo Denim Trench Coat, Attico “Dara” Waist-tie Trench Coat, Thierry Colson Embroidered Matelassé Trench Coat, A.W.A.K.E. “Jellychess” Fluted-hem Oversized Trench Coat, J.W. Anderson Stand-collar Linen Trench Coat, Stella McCartney “Alter” Faux-Suede Trench Coat
By Ariel Serano