Every season I gather up my favourite theme from each fashion week. I’m a bit behind because of all the other coverage from NYFW, but I’ll power through and finish them off in timely manner, ending with Toronto.
I always think of the New York runway as showing clothing I would actually wear. Probably because the price range is closer to affordable, more than what happens on Parisian runways. I also look for so-called “investment” pieces rather than transient novelty trends, because I prefer to shop for the latter on high street.
3.1 Phillip Lim
For fall, my eyes were glued to all the plush white coats — perhaps fuelled by my realization that I don’t own one. This 3.1 Phillip Lim collection had a bit of a superhero vibe to it, with this grand white cape covering the slick track tuxedo pant.
Alexander Wang F/W 2012
Then there is the sculpted long leather coat from Alexander Wang. He always does the tough girl really well, but there is a beautiful softness to this silhouette, in contrast to its materiality.
Derek Lam F/W 2012
This Derek Lam coat is one of those borrowed-from-the-boys cuts, including the chest pockets (hey, they are super handy). There is something very clinical about it, juxtaposed with the plush wool material.
Helmut Lang F/W 2012
Helmut Lang is a master of draping and always sits so elegantly on that line between loose draping and precise tailoring — this is an art form. I love the mixed-media elements of this coat: it appears to be half vest and half jacket, half leather and fur shawl.
Proenza Schouler F/W 2012
And finally, my favourite collection from New York (which I sadly didn’t get to see in person), Proenza Schouler, with their leather-heavy oversized garments. Why are leather jackets usually so painfully tight? I love this loose, breezy interpretation, so wonderfully distressed, preventing it form looking too plastic-y as white leather sometimes tends to.
Will you be looking for a white coat come fall?