trench coats

Trend report: Trademark AW16

Trademark AW16 ready to wear

These Trademark AW16 look book pictures are giving me flashbacks to my German au pair Uschi (she of the classic Vuitton shoulder bags). It’s partly the model and partly the combo of flares, mules and sensible polonecks. OK, I’ll pass on the flares (not with my diminutive proportions) and you know how I feel about mules, but there are so many other things to love in this collection.

For starters, yes please to the wrap-over quilted jacket with its cute but maddeningly impractical tie-up sleeves. And I would be overjoyed too in the pinafore dress and blue shirt arrangement (but I’d switch the mules for riding boots). Coats are a big strength of Trademark; this orange shearling is an uplifting option for the dreariest of winter days. And you can’t fault the practicality of a shiny vinyl-look trench coat, especially one with supersized seventies pockets…

Trademark AW16 ready to wear
Trademark AW16 ready to wear
Trademark AW16 ready to wear
Trademark AW16 ready to wear
Trademark AW16 ready to wear

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
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Burberry’s festive campaign, ‘Burberry With Love’ celebrates the classics

1 Burberry-With-Love-Christmas-campaign

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Lahssan X Façonnable

I love what French label Lahssan has been doing with its deconstructed trench coats, favourited by the Tommy Tom set (Elisa Nalin, Natalie Joos et al) and influential stores like The Shop at Bluebird, Opening Ceremony and 10 Corso Como Tokyo).

To take his influence further, designer Dryce (one name only) has collaborated with Riviera heritage brand Façonnable to produce a capsule line of fun macs in Lichtenstein-esque primary-hued stripes. And naturally, he enlisted Tommy Ton and Elisa Nalin to shoot, style and model the look book. Watch out for the line when it arrives in Spring…