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Trend Report: Big Coats Are Coming And You’ll Just Have To Make Space For ‘Em

Well, because they take up a lot of space. These aren't for the lighthearted, but in the face of brutal, cold air, these are walking houses that will turn any look into a statement.

As kids, we relished in the idea of cosying up in a sleeping bag. Sure, it wasn’t as soft as a regular bed, but it was its own kind of comfortable. No matter how much you tossed and turned, it was there for you. It got your back. Also, your front and your sides. Cold air, whether natural or artificial, didn’t stand a chance.

As we got older, the sleeping bags fell away, but need for a personal cocoon in the face of cold remained. Thus entered the oversized coat. Thick, heavy and imposing, but in a good way, these were coats that would become your daytime sleeping bags. An amalgamation of leather, suede, shearling and other forms of puffiness that would protect you from the harsh winds. These were coats that would make Jon Snow, King of the Norff, proud.

The big coats aren’t back just because of a certain fictional band of would-they-or-wouldn’t-they kings and queens. Miu Miu gave variations in tweed, worn leather and patent, each deliciously oversized to deliberately awkward proportions and toppedwith a sixties-meets-eighties flair. Prada looked more towards the future, with smooth pastel leather coats with contrast neon shearling lining. Loewe gave classic, past-the-knee shearling coats in black, white and khaki. Chanel played with proportions with coats that were top-heavy and streamlined everywhere else on one hand, and capelet jackets on the other.

In the deconstruction department, Alexander McQueen turned the bomber jacket on its head by oversizing the collar five times and peeling it away from the shoulders, as if to mimic the chrysalis of a butterfly falling apart. Sacai, with its creative director Chitose Abe ever the Victor Frankenstein of Paris Fashion Week, had so many incredible coats that cocooned the body. We’re not even quite sure how to begin.

However, if you’re looking for a classic, big coat, the one with that devil-may-care, worn-to-death demeanour that will shelter you come hell or high water, it doesn’t get better than Coach’s hardy oversized coats that have become a signature since Stuart Vevers took over several years back. These will go easily with anything from floral dresses to sweats to jeans. Simply put – everything.

Let the coat wars begin.

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