Earlier this Fall, I had the opportunity to attend a lecture by Timothy Pope, fashion expert and liaison to the lucky few who enjoy some of the industry’s most coveted pieces, haute couture. He interestingly revealed that a vast majority of women who make up this sector, are not wealthy heiresses, but working professionals who need high quality go-to’s that help take the stress out of dressing. So aside from adding “acquire haute couture” to my bucket list, I was left with another pressing thought: when did investment pieces become a thing of the past and WHY? With fast fashion at every corner, it’s hard to remember a time when “need-new-now” wasn’t the motto. So since we’re inclined throw on an extra few layers this season, I figured what better time to start re-examining our staples, namely the investment coat.
When I began to brainstorm brands that I would trust with something so crucial as a “coat of all coats”, a slightly predictable but well earned few came to mind. The first was Fendi, and with over 90 years in the game it should come as no surprise. The brand has always been mega force in the industry and with Karl Lagerfeld at the helm, their momentum shows no signs of slowing. This latest Resort 2017 collection was as imaginative as it was colorful, mixing prints, silhouettes and a variety of global influences. The outerwear ranged from short furry jackets to long lavish dusters, all of which playing a specific and well thought out role in the assortment and just maybe your very own wardrobe. And when seeking inspiration for the less conventional, statement piece, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the greatness that is Gucci. Alessandro’s no holes barred approach to design is nothing if not utterly refreshing. Season after season his collections combine decades and motifs in a way that only he can. So whether it’s animal print, bold stripes, brocade or just about any other fantastical design element, Resort 2017 is basically a one stop shop.
One of the best parts of an investment coat, if chosen well, is the ability to wear it with almost any and everything. Why? Because when you make a smart investment, it should yield sizable dividends, in this case: work or play, day or night, etc. That being said, as always we’ve taken the liberty of getting you off to a great start with some picks of our own. I especially love the Chloé fringed tartan coat and Raey leopard-print blanket coat which are milder and more accessible options. I say mild because while they are printed, each coat has a neutral brown base which helps to mellow out some of the playfulness. But if you’re looking for a bit of brightness on a grey winter day, stop traffic in the Alexander McQueen houndstooth collarless coat or the J. Crew Collection double-breasted wool coat. And if you’re anything like me, you’ve been dying to shake things up with something fun like the Mira Mikati Fly Away Rocket coat or the Saks Potts Yves two-tone shearling coat. What’s an investment without a little risk, right?
So maybe we can’t all have Timothy Pope coordinate the efforts of several in house designers to create something intended for you to hopefully keep and wear forever. But, that doesn’t mean our clothes should be considered totally disposable either. This season, let’s challenge ourselves to think outside of the box and find something worth the extra few pennies. Because as I always say.. you can’t buy style, but you can invest in a great coat.
Brands we love: Adam Lippes “Opera” Floral Jacquard Coat, Chloé Fringed Wool/Cotton-blend Tartan Coat, Raey Leopard-print Wool-blend Blanket Coat, Mr and Mrs Italy Ampezzo Check and Intarsia Albino Murmasky Parka, Alix of Bohemia “The Nellie” Coat, Burberry Oversized Fur Coat, Burberry Toddingwall Shearling Trench, J. Crew Collection Double-breasted Wool-blend Coat, Mira Mikati Fly Away Rocket Wool-blend Coat
By Ariel Serano