Tuesday, 3 November 2009
From classic camel to cosy chic, there are a million options available to us on the high street. One of the most popular coat trends from the A/W 09 runway shows however, was the military style - practical and utilitarian- a great way to stay on trend and stay warm!
What balmy weather greeted us unexpectedly last week is taking a turn for the worst this week with temperatures dropping and rain falling. To make the most of your investment this A/W- now is the time to invest in your must-have winter coat.
Tanya Grimson is a Fashion stylist based in Dublin. Since graduating from London college of Fashion and working in leading publications such as Marie Claire in London she returned to Ireland to pursue her career as a fashion stylist.
Tanya has been actively working as a stylist in Ireland for 10 years and has worked for various publications such as The Gloss, Irish Tatler, Sunday Independent's Life Magazine, U Magazine, Confetti, VIP magazine, The Irish Times, Social and Personal and the RTE Guide, she has also worked as the Deputy Editor of Prudence magazine and was the Fashion Editor of Ivenus, Harmonia's online magazine and is currently the Fashion Editor of Irish Brides magazine.
Commercial clients include: Samui boutique, Sasha, Diffusion boutique, heatons, Peruzzi, Pulse accessories, Dunnes Stores, Michael H, Simply B, Oxendales, Applebe jewellers, Mad Flowers, Aer Lingus, Airwaves, Pulse, Lucinda Grey, Tricot Marine, Club Rugby, Dylon, Sheseido, House of Colour,
Tanya has also worked as a fashion journalist for publications such as Prudence, Ivenus, Irish Brides and The Irish Times and is currently involved in fashion production for many of her clients.
Cheryl Cole re-iterated the strength of the military trend when she chose to sport a jacket and hat for her debut solo performance on the X-factor recently. On stage- the costume worked well, if even to cause controversy with people either loving or hating it.
Off stage however, Victoria Beckham tries to bring the military look into real life with an overdone combo of Military coat and hat. Whilst it sort of works on stage (well, it is a performance after all), the combination of hat & coat doesn't work so well on the street.
Throughout fashion history, designers have taken inspiration from the utilitarian greatcoats worn by soldiers who, travelling for miles on foot, sleeping outdoors in winter, needed warmth and practicality.
Design features on modern military coats include elements taken from historic military characteristics; epaulettes, multiple pockets, double breast fronts, wide belt loops and storm flaps- all based on practical elements of a soldier's coat, but in many ways still practical for a modern lifestyle.
The most common colours for A/W '09 are farily traditional, blacks, reds and blues. Tanya's top tip for wearing a military coat is not to exaggerate- don't wear any other military paraphernalia along with the coat- people might confuse you with a soldier! The coat is enough by itself.
To bring your coat right into this season, team it with frills/romantic shirts or maybe a sheer blouse with decoration round the collar. In terms of footwear, keep it feminine with heels or pumps- wearing riding boots will cause that soldier confusion again!
Guess the price game!
Our models will be wearing a similar style, but one will be inexpensive, one will be a middle price and one is high end designer. Can our presenter guess which is the cheapest and which is the dearest?
Military coat, €25, Dunnes Stores
Military coat, €109, M&S
Military coat, €670, Paul & Joe, Brown Thomas
Carl's boots, €75, Marks and Spencer
Corrina's boots, €45, Dunnes stores
Jayne's boots, €109, Marks and Spencer