With mercury starting to inch its way down and people remembering the brutal cold front that haunted us last winter, we’re excited that designers got practical this fall/winter. Parkas were paraded down the runway that were not only wearable but super-luxe statement pieces. Luxe enough to wear with this season’s evening dress code.
Joseph Altuzarro topped off many of his ensembles with utilitarian style outerwear, mainly the parka. His combo of an ultra sleek white-as-snow parka topping off a crystal beaded evening dress looked as natural as if she were wearing a fur, only chicer. When asked about the change of direction his fall/winter collection took, he replied, “I wanted something longer and looser, something sensual and feminine, but utilitarian at the same time”. The pictures that inspired him: old photos of Kate Moss wearing parkas over her evening dresses, in the days when her accessory of choice was Johnny Depp.
Many others tapped into the overcoat theme with Alexander Wang, Barbara Boi and Mulberry all garnishing off a good portion of their exits with outerwear, again the coat of choice was the parka. When Emma Hill, creative director of Mulberry, described their customer she was quoted saying, “She’s got a dilapidated, stately home. She’s got her long party dress on and she throws on a duffel coat.” And who could forget Thankoon’s red and royal blue check Masai number? Perfect for the girl who doesn’t waver from attention.
Who new practicality could be so chic! This is one trend we wouldn’t mind having a bit of longevity!!
Clockwise from top left: Elizabeth & James Faux Fur Parka $1050 www.cusp.com, Steve Madden Faux Fur Parka www.nordstroms.com, Free People Sweater Lined Parka $248.00 www.nordstroms.com, Dark Khaki Long Waxed Parka $196.00 www.topshop.com, ASOS Oversize Hood Tencel Parka $122.22 www.asos.com, Burberry Metallic Finish Parka $795.00 www.burberry.com