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Spring Summer Coats

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Put your puffa to the back of the wardrobe and bring on your lighter, rainproof coat as the sun begins to shine and showers fall- it must be The Afternoon Show.
This season's must haves in lighter, spring summer coats - we have something for everyone from marvelous macs to trendy trenches.

Ne'er cast a clout 'til May be out! As the saying goes- we shouldn't ditch our coats just yet- even though temperatures are beginning to rise- there are still plenty of showers about and when the wind picks up, there's still a decent chill in the air.

Today we look at lighter coats, jackets and macs for Spring Summer- in every style for women of all ages. While we don't need the quilted puffas any more, we still need a lighter coat, to keep the wind & rain out.

Thankfully, the temperatures are rising and the need for puffa jackets and ski coats is no more! With April showers about to arrive, we still need something to keep the moisture out!

Liam Power-
Liam has been styling for both fashion editorials and advertising campaigns in Dublin for over ten years. He also worked in London for French designer Agnés b.
He has styled editorial shoots for "Hello" magazine, IrishTatler, Image magazine and the Sunday Independent.
His TV work includes Off the Rails and of course, The Afternoon Show.
Some of his more high profile clients include Pat & Cathy Kenny, recording artist Michael English, Edel from Bewitched, Dana & Craig doyle to name but a few.`

Liam was also part of a team that won the L'Oreal colour trophy and image award in 2008, an award of which he is extremely proud.

From Trenchcoats, to Macs, Dress coats to Raincoats, Spring Summer 09 is proving to have limitless potential when it comes to outerwear. While the old proverb suggests that we shouldn't pack away our winter woolies just yet, the weather dictates otherwise. Winter coats are to be shoved to the back of the wardrobe and replaced with something lighter and showerproof as we brace ourselves for April Showers.
Wearing a smart coat immediately dresses you up, whether you're wearing dressed down jeans or a smart skirt and blouse. Today we feature different styles, lengths & textures to suit every woman's shape & style.
What the designers did:-
Marc Jacobs presented an ultra feminine coat-dress. Its scarf-belt is a particularly dressy look for special evening occassions.
Comme des Garcons's black coat and dress were covered with black petals adding an element mystery to the look, again an evening take on the coat. Trenches and coats from Yves Saint Laurent were again very feminine. Black elegance adorned with accessories accentuating waist (always a good idea!)
Paul Smith created the a juxtaposed image of an elegant silhouette with a military feel, with epaulettes and braiding in crème & black. Vivienne Westwood's structured rain coat was complicated, weird(nothing new for the fabulous VW) and sexy! Quite wearable in the sense that you could wear it day or night.
Chloe used flower prints and soft fabrics: flannel, cotton - perfect for the romantic and girly girls.
Creating seriously glam trenches and macs were D&G, Oscar de la Renta and Versace. Perhaps not ideal for daytime but incredibly glamorous for evening wear- beautiful finish to an outifit- your coat is, after all, the first thing people see!

Tips for ultimate Mac-wearing:
The Mac is a wardrobe staple that will never go out of fashion. But to be on trend this S/S 09 buy a mac with an quirky design twist that reflects the s/s catwalk looks- be it an element of fringing, a block of colour or a futuristic structure.
Transform yourself from grubby to yummy Mummy in seconds by throwing on a smart, dressy coat over your jeans when heading out about town. A button-through Mac, cut like a dress that you can throw over any old thing will make you look 'uber glamorous' in an instant
Perfect for the school run when you need to look presentable in a hurry. Sunglasses on your head will give you the perfect Michelle Obama flair!
It's probably best to opt for a coat that is machine washable- you'll get so much wear out of your coat this season, you don't want to spend more on dry-cleaning bills than the coat actually cost in the first place!
Be careful when choosing a length for your coat- while long trenches are fabulous on tall women, they tend to swamp the more petite lady, who should opt for a shorter, cropped mac.
Many of you will already own a good coat that may have been bought in previous seasons. Update your coat to incorporate elements of S/S 09, be it with a best, a fabulous corsage or even if it's a hint of colour on the lining- stitching doesn't need to be perfect and a splash of bright coral will bring it right on trend for this season.
Leaving your coat open with a chunky elasticated belt around it will create an uber-sophisticated look that screams style and elegance, with the right outfit underneath. This also creates a creat silhouette as the belt pulls you in at the waist.
This season's key trends are:-
Colour blocking, fringing, florals, nude colours, structured shoulders.
Consider any of these themes when making your purchase and this should keep you right.
Credits for Astons:-

Look 1
Gold coat €150, M&S
Coral top, €135, Ted Baker
Green skirt, €30, A/wear
Shoes, €80, River Island

Look 2
Green trench, €90, Dunnes Stores
Print dress, €53, Dunnes Stores
Shoes, €60, Aldo

Look 3
Beige trench, €90, M&S
Top, €53, M&S
Trousers, €60, Zara
Shoes, €80, Office

Look 4
Diane Von Furstenberg coat, €1,245, Brown Thomas
Top, €55, Zara
Dries Van Noten skirt, €1,150, Brown Thomas
Shoes, €80, Office

Look 5
Coat, €20, Penneys
Dress, €25, Penneys
Shoes, €18, Penneys

Look 6
Red trench, €325, Karen Millen
Dress, €65, Zara
Shoes, €30, Shoe Rack