There’s an irresistibly indulgent air to this season’s outerwear – all creamy hues, sumptuous padding and high-impact Hollywood glamour. Less functional, more fabulous – it captures the season’s sartorial shift, as designers trade practical simplicity for luxury, drama and opulence.
Impractical it may be, but the white coat stakes its claim to hero status this season, with a blizzard of choices blanketing the catwalks. Supremely feminine – the palette is delicate, the fabrics luxe, the silhouettes soft and sinuous. Even the details (waist-cinching belts, broad fluffy collars and brooch-like buttons) boast a ladylike charm
Duvet days take on a stylish new spin, with plumped-up silhouettes, cushiony furs and quilting. Serious bed-heads should look to Céline, where Phoebe Philo dispensed with the coat concept entirely in favour of a silken eiderdown slung lazily over the shoulders.
Conjuring the golden age of Forties and Fifties Hollywood, designers crafted coats fit for a whole casting call of starlets. Think trapeze cuts, chic cocktail coats with princess sleeves, and supple duster coats, clasped with dressing down belts. Each one worthy of a starring role in this season’s costume drama.