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The Puffer Coat Gets an Update at Stella McCartney, Balenciaga and More

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A look from Stella McCartney's fall 2016 collection. Photo: Imaxtree

A look from Stella McCartney's fall 2016 collection. Photo: Imaxtree

Stella McCartney is consistent in her ability to modernize the things we want to wear in covetable, digestible ways, and for fall 2016 she put her stamp on the always-functional, rarely attractive puffer coat.

We've all experienced the dilemma: As winter approaches, we know we should buy that functional down puffer, the likes of which we haven't worn since our moms forced us to as children. But it's so big and bulky and basic and every New York tourist has the same one, so we buy something cute and layer Heattech under it instead.

Well, that's all about to change for fall 2016, when there will be more unique, stylish puffer coats on the market than ever, thanks to designers like McCartney, whose iterations, shown on Monday in Paris, were oversized in rich, autumnal shades like golden brown and navy, and done up in on-trend velvet as well as nylon.

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At McCartney, the coats were a prominent feature in an altogether-excellent collection, but they certainly weren't the first puffers we've seen this week. Different versions — all a far cry from your typical J.Crew or North Face option — appeared at Acne Studios, Rick Owens, Balenciaga, Carven and Courreges.

Milan-based labels MSGM and Emilio Pucci (both designed by Massimo Giorgettidipped their toes into the trend as well. And in New York, we saw them at Marc Jacobs, DKNY, Hood by Air and Adam Selman. In London, Alexander McQueen and Marques'Almeida both got pretty inventive with the outerwear style, too.

See all of the season's most fashion-y puffer coats in the gallery below.