Lesley McKenzie 2016-09-01 12:43:38
Ensure your outerwear game is strong this fall with a statement-making stunner straight from the runway. “I think we are moving in a new direction in womenswear,” says Megan Gray, a Ralph Lauren designer-turned-stylist. “The marriage of fashion and function has started to be seen on the runways in the collections. Women want to look fashionable, but also be comfortable.” And nowhere is that more evident this fall than in outerwear, where new iterations of tried-and-true cold-weather trends are stealing the sartorial spotlight. The puffer jacket, once outerwear’s ugly duckling, has re-emerged as the swan of the fall runway, while military jackets find themselves on fashion frontlines yet again. The always-chic cape continues to reign supreme as well, this time seen in even more dramatic silhouettes. Gray notes, “When it comes to outerwear, we want something that can protect us from the weather but also be a statement piece.” That is more than feasible this winter. PUFF PIECE There are few trends more representative of 1990s street fashion than the puffer jacket. Championed by utilitarian brands like The North Face and Canada Goose in its original Michelin Man form, the oversized puffer has undergone a few nips and tucks to emerge as one of the season’s strongest fashion statements. “Designers are creating new sleek and unique styles that pair easily with many outfits,” says stylist Tara Swennen, who counts red-carpet regulars such as Kristen Stewart and Emily Ratajkowski as clientele. “They are now experimenting with textures and patterns as well as lengths and thicknesses, giving us a broader spectrum of choices with flair.” For fall, nobody drove that point home better than Stella McCartney, who turned out a range of puffer silhouettes, from a cropped offthe- shoulder version to a rich velvet calf-length look. And, in keeping with the designer’s vegan philosophy, they’re feather free. At Balenciaga, a pillowy shoulder-grazing puffer placed emphasis on oversized proportions, while DKNY sent a model down the runway enveloped in a voluminous three-quarter length quilted black vest. Chanel, meanwhile, offered a more flattering take on the trend with a leaner, cocoon-like black-andwhite style. “I would suggest matching the right length to your height,” Swennen says of how to master the trend. “And if one feels like they need a more flattering effect, definitely seek one out with a belt.” MARCHING ORDERS From battlefield to runway, the military jacket has stood the test of time, with fall seeing bold new interpretations of the vestiary standby. “It’s really easy to incorporate into your wardrobe,” says celebrity stylist Caley Rinker of the trend. Marc Jacobs made that apparent, sending tapered takes on the staple down the fall runway, including a cropped navel-baring version embellished with sequins and embroidery, thrown over a gown. Dolce & Gabbana followed suit with a romantic black-and-white lace applique option, while Burberry channeled more traditional military regalia with a sharply tailored black look, complete with red luggage-stitch piping and rows of glinting gold buttons. On the less formal side of things, Gucci’s Alessandro Michele put his stamp on the classic style, creating a regal blackand- gold chevron striped jacket with exaggerated fur-trimmed shoulders, as well as an even more playful take featuring sleeves lined with bows. No matter which version strikes your fancy, “It’s a jacket that can be worn at the end of fall and all throughout winter,” Gray says. CAPE CRUSADER “There is something amazing about being able to sling a cape over one shoulder to create an interesting drape,” Gray says of fall’s sculptural fashion fixture. “I like wearing a cape when it mixes up the proportions of your outfit. I think they work best when they balance your look, the way a shrunken jacket can elongate your body.” Dressed up with an evening gown or down with a pair of jeans, “it looks effortlessly cool and chic,” Rinker says. Case in point: the bevy of cape looks dominating fall’s runways, from Mulberry’s swingy, vintage-inspired navy look to Agnona’s fluid rose-colored style, paired with a lean pencil skirt. Prada proposed a more dramatic alternative with a regal floor-skimming fur version, as did Marc Jacobs, who closed out his show with a whimsical, supersized pink-and-black checkered fur option, fit for a fanciful fall occasion. CURATED COATS WARD OFF THE CHILL THIS FALL WITH THESE STYLISH STANDOUTS. The Stella McCartney INK MARCELLINE COAT is striking with its velvet fabric, ribbed trims and high stand collar, $2,590, at stellamccartney.com. The MILITARY CAPE COAT from Burberry blends two of this season’s most popular fashions, $2,595, nordstrom.com. THE SHASTA hooded cashmere cape from One Moon is a cozy addition to any fall wardrobe, $2,200, at The Shops at all Montage properties by special order.
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