There's been a strong showing of coats this season -- easy robe coats in a variety of colors; oversized coats with curved shoulders and backs; and menswear-inspired coats with angular shoulders and lapels. But while New York Fashion Week gave us textured, furred and color-blocked coats, London has given us coats with beautiful, bold prints -- the best of which, so far, have appeared at Emilia Wickstead and Alice Temperley.
In particular, I've fallen for this roomy gray coat from Emilia Wickstead, with its lustrous silk/wool weave and enlarged white floral pattern. It's the kind of coat I would wear if my life were richer and more refined than the life I live now (the one that calls, more often than not, for comfortable sneakers). It's a fantasy so enthralling I'd be tempted to sink a year's clothing budget into that one piece, should it appear for pre-order on Moda Operandi.
The rest of Wickstead's collection was nearly as covetable -- a modern, luxurious assemblage that hit just the right note of Englishness and ladylike chic. The opening look was a black leather dress seamed with pearls, an interesting mix of something very trendy and distinctly Elizabethan. Later, looks included simple but precisely tailored dresses with full skirts hemmed at the calf; tan floral dresses and a coat with black lace overlays; a soft white pantsuit; and a great deal of black leather, made into dresses, jackets, skirts and more than one coat. Several of the looks were paired with elongated gloves in pale blue, black and green and decorated with pearls -- Kerry Washington, are you listening?