Did designers consult with meteorologists when prepping their Fall 2018 collections and learn that we are to expect months of torrential rain come September? How else are we supposed to make sense of the copious amounts of rain gear sprinkled in their most recent shows? From New York to Paris, the runways were flooded with oversize anoraks, capes and ponchos proving that waterproof, wind-resistant outerwear is a staple for future cold-weather months.
For next season, designers have clearly taken cues from the hiking community and added camp survival gear into their coat lineups. In New York, R13 included oversize anoraks in its Bass Pro Shops-leaning collection. And then across the pond, Christopher Bailey's rainbow-checked farewell to Burberry contained '80s graffiti-printed windbreakers and oversize raver parkas.
But the storm prep truly took off in Milan: In the great Italian city, Paul Andrew displayed numerous knee and floor-grazing, hooded ponchos over his leather and velvet offerings for Salvatore Ferragamo, and similarly, nylon ponchos cropped up at Marni, but were done in bright greens and pinks. Meanwhile, at Jil Sander, Lucie and Luke Meier suggested the use of a duvet cape as all-weather protection (a smart design move seeing as how when it's storming outside you don't want to leave your bed, so just bring it with you).
And the capes are still coming in: Dries Van Noten, Maison Margiela (holographic versions!), Marine Serre, Lacoste, Off-White and Unravel all showered us with more rain-ready toppers in Paris, which you can see in the gallery below, along with plenty of other recent designer examples.