Wednesday 28 September 2016

Style - Darren Kennedy: timeless trench

The latest offerings of the stylish and always practical classic coat

Darren Kennedy

Published 31/01/2016 | 02:30

Burberry AW16/17
Burberry AW16/17
Burberry Brit shower-proof trench, €795, MrPorter.com
Red Herring double-breasted trench, €127, Debenhams
Classic trench, €119, H&M.
Simple but chic: Liv Tyler

Whilst modern-day trenches are still very much designed in the guise of the original pre-War aesthetic, it is a clothing item no longer confined to a functional uniform, but it is certainly one you can do battle in!

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Burberry, of course, is the master of the trench and in their AW16 show at London Collections Men, the British fashion house featured updated versions of their timeless trench with its classic double-breasted design and 10-button detail re-imagined in various technical fabrics. Other designers such as Craig Green and JW Anderson pushed the utilitarian message with their AW16 offerings, but the trench's unique combination of ageless style and practicality means it's always en vogue. Worn over a smart three-piece suit or paired with a more relaxed outfit, the trench is an instant crowd-pleaser and with that in mind, here are some of the best.

Once the preserve of the front-line, designed for army officers in the late 1880s, the trench coat has well and truly emerged from its military genesis to become a fashion must-have.

Celeb inspiration

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Liven up some double denim with a dose of animal print à la Liv Tyler (above) for a simple but chic day-about-town outfit. If you look closely you'll spot that Liv is actually wearing a denim jumpsuit but double denim is an altogether more palatable approach with the same effect. This look is all about the cheetah print wool coat with asymmetrical notch design and almost cartoonish over-sized buttons. It's fierce  yet fun!

Top tip

Everyone’s wearing double denim these days, but it can be tricky to pull off. Ultimately the key is not to over-think it and just own it. If unsure, start by doubling up different shades of denim, this is less daunting and easier to pull off. Once you’ve mastered that, wear the same shade head-to-toe like you were born to do it!

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