Recently most widely acknowledged in Bailey’s Burberry Prorsum Fall 2010 show, the trend that began as a trickle – a collar here, a cuff there – has been kicked into high gear in a combination of military and aviator styles. The epitome of this: the wonderful, wonderful shearling jacket. Personally, I’ve been long in my quest for the perfect one – dark brown leather, soft and worn, with not too many zippers and absolutely no knit/ribbed cuffs or waistbands, and – of course – the most wonderfully soft, cream-coloured shearling lining the collar and the arms and everything else. Mmmm – perfection.
The designers all took their own take on the jacket, altering the collar height and shape as they saw fit; different shapes and colours, of course; and the basic styling. Edgy or classic? Or both? Mmm.
Burberry – one of the darker looks (Karmen Pedaru) with that dramatic, high collar.
At Pringle of Scotland (Freja Beha Erichsen).
Christopher Kane’s kimono-esque wrap coat with a shearling collar. (Kirsi Pyrhonen)
Mulberry – soft belted camel suede.
TopShop Unique – Tati Cotliar
Rag&Bone’s maroon jacket.
Margaret Howell – a rather boxier take, but I like it – very 80s. I like how she carried the shearling on over to the shoulders as well as the wide lapels.
House of Holland’s sporty pale blue jacket.
Sophie Theallet – asymmetric black wrapped. I like it – and the shoes!
Reed Krakoff – a menswear approach.
Phillip Lim. A more tailored approach.
Burberry – one of the long menswear coats.
Nicholas K (fall 2009) – preemptive!
There you have it. So, so many options – long or short? Black, dark brown, khaki, or camel? (Or blue, as the case may be…) Loose or tailored? Whatever you choose, it’s sure to be a keeper.