Darren Kennedy: Spring to life
From fringing to oversizing, the re-imagined peacoat is this season's must-have.
In terms of the sartorial calendar, spring is my favourite season when it comes to dressing. When investing in an all-weather cover-up - that's roomy enough for layering while there's still a distinct chill in the air and practical when it comes to the inevitable spring showers - it's essential to prioritise shape and structure. Many of this year's trends centre on juxtaposition as well as playing with proportion. Oversized outerwear with voluminous sleeves and drop shoulders, inspired by Japanese street style, was a key look on various runways and has made its way onto the high street. As well as structure and volume, texture is all-important this year. Burberry's naval cashmere peacoat (left) is to die for, while Swiss brand Bally - who are perhaps better known for their leather goods - have nailed it with their contemporary take on the classic peacoat with a fringed hem. Their bold offerings are fun, sharp and daring.
Cold weather is never an excuse to neglect your style, if anything it's good reason to up the ante and really go for it! Appearing at the premiere for her new movie Love & Friendship at the Sundance Film Festival, Chloë Sevigny, above, ramped up her outerwear game with this statement shearling coat by Coach. Keeping it streamlined underneath, she created a layered look with a cream ruffle-neck shirt worn tucked into a pair of cropped tailored denim flares for a weather-appropriate 1970s vibe. A brown pair of patent leather Louis Vuitton boots added a sleek finishing touch.
Embroidery is hot right now but not necessarily the easiest trend to incorporate in to your wardrobe. The needlework adds a lot of texture so prints tend to read richer than a regular print. Opt for clean, modern shapes when adding these artful pieces to your wardrobe to keep the look modern.