When designers unveil their collections for the upcoming season we are forever on the look out for the next big thing – that veritable ‘it’ coat,bag, or dress that is going to take the sartorial scene by storm. But sometimes it is just as exciting to witness designers revive a tired wardrobe staple. Proving that slight alterations to a classics’ cut, fabric or finish can breath new life into an old design, whilst still maintaining its roots.
S/S 2014 is no exception, as the trusty trench coat gets given a new lease of life by some of the most sought after designers in town. Without a doubt the almighty trench coat is a ‘must have‘ capsule item. Right up there with the LBD and the tailored trouser, trench coats really have become a phenomena. Just like the Madonna of the fashion world, the trench style has evolved over the decades. Since its humble origins way back in the 1870s – when Mr Thomas Burberry invented a little known fabric called gabardine – the trench was just as much a pivotal part of the fashion scene then as it is today.
And with us currently basking in seasonally warm January climes, now is the perfect time to bag yourself a stylish trench to see you through the season to come. So here at Semple we’ve rounded up some of the best new trench styles to hit the runway and also thrown in some old classics for those that like to stick with tradition.
Why not mix things up this season and experiment? Step away from the traditional gabardine trench and indulge in something a little more exciting like Daks’s luxe leather design or Burberry’s elegant lace finish.
If A/W calls for the muted tones of a traditional camel trench, then S/S should scream vibrant colour. The catwalks for the upcoming season saw an eclectic colour palette with pops of vivid brights and subtle and pastel shades, so there’s most definitely a colour to suit every mood!
If the belted formality of a traditional trench cut has always been an of-putting factor then why not opt for the new oversized option, seen on the runways of Antipodium and Burberry. The slouchy, loose fit offers comfort and movement whilst still remaining effortlessly stylish.
Flavours are new and exciting but sometimes nothing can beat a good old dose of vanilla! So if your old classic is looking a bit tired or your investing in a trench for the first time, you can never go wrong with a staple camel coloured trench. Our only advice would be invest in a high quality design as a traditional trench coat will be forever in vogue.
By Jenna Jones