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Item of the week: the leather coat

Published: May 18, 2023
Author: Fashion Value Chain

-By Mansi Suryavanshi

What it is: 

The trench coat is a well-liked classic coat style that has remained fashionable through several eras and seasons. For the next autumn/winter 2023 season, it has undergone an upgrade in the form of a material adaptation, notably with the use of leather or leather substitutes. For their runway shows, many designers used the coat shape, experimenting with the fabric to produce distinctive shapes and amorphous silhouettes. The fashion has also previously been a success in popular culture, where it has been shown in a number of films and became a recognisable item throughout many generations. 

Reasons you’ll desire it: 

While trench coats continue to be a popular addition to wardrobes throughout the year, the leather version of the design is undoubtedly a more daring interpretation of the look and would thus appeal to people who are ready to push outside of their comfort zones. While many do, in fact, adopt a fashionable, fashion-forward appearance, the growing popularity of such a garment has seen it also modified for the safer’ consumer, allowing it to appeal to a larger audience and become a piece that can be worn on a daily basis. In addition, recent developments have hastened the availability of leather substitutes, resulting in a greater variety of animal-friendly solutions being easily accessible for sale. 

Where to find it: 

The long-line leather coat was one of the most prevalent outerwear trends on the AW23 runways, appearing practically everywhere this season. Many were topcoats, as seen at Palm Angels, Givenchy, and Christian Dior, all of which had boxy shoulders and loose-fitting designs. Trench coats were another popular style that designers like Ferragamo, Hermès, and Ann Demeulemeester experimented with. While some designers, like Alexander McQueen and Junya Watanabe, included giant pockets and zip detailings, others, like Lanvin, Prada, and Victoria Beckham, played with texture and function by introducing snake print into their outfits.

How to wear it: 

A leather coat is a statement piece in and of itself, frequently bringing an ensemble to life. The look may also be altered to fit the wearer, with the more daring styles allowing for the option of similarly daring clothing to be revealed below. This may take the form of wide-legged print pants with an unrelated blouse or a flowing maxi dress paired with a contrasting jumper vest. The item may be worn on a regular basis and quickly dressed up by pairing with a pair of plain jeans or loose-fitting pants and a t-shirt. 

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