I was excited to spot this look in the beautifully styled Neiman Marcus multi-page advertising spread in the September 2008 issue of Vogue magazine—a highly textured single-breasted coat of a rich, beautiful autumnal hue topped off with an elaborate statement necklace of large rectangular disks suspended from a chain. The look is by Burberry Prorsum, and it demonstrates an entirely new way to wear necklaces.
In the October 2008 issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, Anne Monoky writes about the “wowing trend” in coats for fall: “On many a runway, coats—simple, strong, stylized pieces—were trotted out as singular outfits, as complete ensembles replete with belts, jewelry, and stilettos. Some surmise that this could be designers’ suggestion that outerwear is what you should put your money into in this shaky economic climate.”
The coats this season are indeed investment-worthy, whether one’s preference is lavish embellishment with metallic touches or fur, sculptural effects in collars or sleeves, or simply a cheery, vibrant hue that could brighten the grayest day.
Unfortunately, the article is not accompanied by any photographs of coats pairing necklaces with coats as finished ensembles. Nevertheless, the author quoted Burberry’s Christopher Bailey: “The must-have for fall is a beautiful winter coat in a color to reflect the romantic, quiet, poetic, luxurious, and upbeat mood of the season.” Burberry’s double-breasted, tailored styles are made “more modern” worn with “powerful accoutrements.” Bailey adds: “Wear chunky statement jewelry over coats to add color and texture.”
Note, by the way, Bailey’s reference to statement jewelry. Necklaces aren’t necessarily the only way to take this new trend. Brooches and vintage fur clips are another great way to achieve a fresh and very chic finishing touch to that most practical of garments, a warm winter coat.