The Fall '13 runways have supplied a steady stream of undeniably gorgeous outerwear, causing some serious coat lust all around. And today, we're taking a closer look at the most luxurious, the most wearable, and the most innovative outerwear to show so far. Rebecca Minkoff sent out a plethora of updated aviator jackets, adorned with fur-trimmed collars, tweed panels, and leather trimming — a jacket, in short, made for the downtown-cool girl. Helmut Lang provided another round of minimalist wares, 3.1 Phillip Lim made a strong case for pink, Altuzarra gave us Cruella de Vil black-and-white fur, and Prabal Gurung sent out an army of beautifully embroidered utilitarian parkas. See the best outerwear fresh from the Fall '13 runways here.
Emmy Rossum attended the screening of Beautiful Creatures in NYC last night wearing a beautiful navy dress, black strappy Charlotte Olympia sandals, and colorful drop earrings, but it was the geometric-print Nonoo coat she sported on her way inside that really made an impression. We've been seeing a lot of amazing printed outerwear lately, and Emmy's look reminded us how a single piece of clothing can elevate an entire ensemble. Plus, the actress's satin pick is a seasonal-transition staple, working well from one season to the next. Layer up with sweaters and pants now; dresses and skirts later. Thus, we set out to find equally stunning Spring coats that will add the perfect mix of textural intrigue, color, and dynamic to the rest of your outfit.
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Tommy Hilfiger took us back to prep school for Fall '13, showing one perfectly tailored look after the other — all with a refined '60s mod twist. Described by Hilfiger as "Savile Row meets Ivy League," the collection drew inspiration from famous London tailor Tommy Nutter, which was clear in the designer's expertly cut coats and jackets highlighting classic Prince of Wales plaid, tartan, and houndstooth patterns. Meanwhile, refined shearling-embellished moto jackets and structured khaki bonded Mackintosh coats injected a modern element to the mix. There was also a standout leather-bonded cable-knit sweater coat that melded traditionalism and modernity into one poignant statement. We're taking a look at the best outerwear moments from Tommy's Fall show, so click through to see them all now.
Gorgeous wool, luxurious fur, and sleek leather — Yigal Azrouël's Fall '13 runway collection was filled with a textural medley of modern pieces. The designer's knack for sharp sophistication was made evident via tapered trousers, chic blazers, and slick peplum tops. However, it was Azrouël's outerwear that stole the show. From tailored cashmere overcoats to subversive, leather-embellished parkas, see the stunning top 11 outerwear pieces that caught our eye — and you'll understand why Azrouël garnered such a loud applause from the audience today at the Highline Stages.
Despite being in different cities, Jennifer Lawrence (at Heathrow airport) and Emmy Rossum (at LAX) did have one thing in common: both took on one of our favorite Winter coat silhouettes — the always cool leather-sleeved coat — with jet-setting ease. Jennifer's black version, adorned with gold buttons, proved very military-inspired, while Emmy kept herself warm in a Line & Dot navy coat with black leather sleeves. With this kind of mixed-media outerwear, you can style it two ways, and take it from these ladies on just how to do it. Jennifer completed her London look with gray ripped jeans, black booties, and a purple hat, and Emmy finished her outfit with Joe's faded blue jeans ($158), black ballet flats, and this Jimmy Choo chain-embellished bag ($1,795). Now, for the fun part: shop our editors' picks below to get the same kind of cool leather-sleeved Winter look.
A peacoat should be a mainstay in every woman's wardrobe. They were popularized by sailors back in the day and are characterized by larger lapels, double-breasted front closures, and metal buttons. Today, Matthew Rodrigues and Allison McNamara are sharing five gorgeous coats that will satisfy any fashion personality. Whether it's a modern twist on a classic style or going bold in a bright hue, click to check out all of our picks. On Allison McNamara: Urban Outfitters top, Habitual jeans.
The X Factor UK judge Nicole Scherzinger was spotted — or shall we say checkered — sporting a statement houndstooth coat that immediately caught our sartorial eye. The singer completed her latest London style with black skinny jeans, a black blouse, oversize round sunglasses, pointy booties with a stark white sole, and a bevy of gold baubles, including large hoop earrings. Houndstooth is one of those prints that comes back season after season, but it can very easily go the matronly route. But what we appreciate about Nicole's use of houndstooth is that it's every bit edgy and cool thanks to her use of two off-kilter accessories: exaggerated shades and killer shoes. Follow suit by matching up your houndstooth outerwear with equally smashing accoutrements to take your look from tame to traffic stopping.
There's a lot we could say about Jessica Chastain's superb acting (have you seen her in Zero Dark Thirty yet?), but today, what we really want to talk about is her coats. She might just have the single best Winter-coat wardrobe we've ever seen, and we don't say this lightly. Listen, Jessica may know how to hit a red carpet in glamorous body-con silhouettes (and we can't wait to see what she wears all awards season long), but she also knows how to make her outerwear a polished statement-making centerpiece. We've got the sartorial proof in just the last few weeks alone, and her stint in the Broadway play, The Heiress is to thank for it. In that, she's been spotted in NYC's Theater District almost daily, braving the cold in only the chicest of coats. From a plum-hued Burberry Queensbury trench to a velvet-trim military number, her coat-awesomeness cup runneth over — and serves to remind us just how valuable a great piece of outerwear really is. Take a look inside at how she styles her outerwear for added Winter styling inspiration now.
Jessica Alba is in Paris enjoying all the fabulous Paris Couture Fashion Week festivities as we speak. But before she got dolled up for the front rows, she showed off her expert layering skills at the airport. The actress started with black basics, which were the perfect base for her eye-catching and cozy Tory Burch green wool Katie coat ($681, originally $851). She, then, finished her look off with black multi-buckle booties (with playful purple socks peeking out) and a wool hat. Score Jessica's exact Tory Burch coat now — or if the discounted price tag is still too steep, check out some of these less-expensive (but equally cool alternatives): BB Dakota's evergreen coat ($78, originally $130), Calvin Klein's faux leather-trim coat ($110, originally $325), and Lands' End's dark green cocoon coat ($100, originally $200).
The Winter chill has us in a very steady stream of coat consciousness (exhibit A: Jessica Chastain's envy-inducing collection), and now, Jessica Alba has us convinced that it's entirely OK to lust after yet another outerwear option. Spotted last night in LA, the brunette beauty bundled up in a Sandro Mémorable olive coat ($725, originally $1,035), complete with a rabbit-fur-paneled and buckle-infused front, and flared jeans. And, with just one look at her wintry ensemble, we knew: a coat that eye-catching is worth a little more "research." While the exact version is on sale right now, we're aware that it's still a bit of an investment spend. Not to mention, we're also aware that not everyone is on the fur-wearing bandwagon — understandably so. Here's your win-win: see our editors' budget-friendly faux-fur picks below.