Anatomy of a Coat

Long time Style Bubble readers will know that I loves me a good detail shot.  Actually, the whole point of buying a DSLR camera wasn't really to make my mug look better but to really zoom in properly on the clothes and make the fabrics, colours and textures whisper to you through the screen in a strangely inviting way.  Weirdly, it's all of those close-ups that really make you fall hard for my clothes, which is why it's more than likely that I'll be carted off to an asylum somewhere wailing to my future sprogs, "You CANNOT throw away that kimono!  It's got the most exquisite embroidery on it!  No, no, no!  Not the neoprene t-shirt!  It's NEOPRENE!"

Still, twenty odd shots for one item of clothing is excessive, even by my standards.  Steve and I agreed though that J.W. Anderson's collage coat from his A/W 11-12 collection was entirely worth it.  A slight turn resulted in a new detail coming to light in this multi-faceted jigsaw puzzle of a coat.  Reduced until it was a suitably bargainous price in the LN-CC sale, I finally succumbed to the potent combination of quilted nylon sleeves, a silk paisley hood, furry back and dogtooth wool.  As with every purchase, there's legitimate logical reasoning.  Technically it's four coats in one if you add and subtract the detachable box pleat skirt and hood in both combinations.  Who doesn't want a luverly 4-in-1 combi deal?  

It's also what my mum would call a "proper" coat even if it's fabrication make-up is entirely unorthodox.  All I'd have to do is hand it over to her and she'd say "Ah it's a good weight!  It will keep you warm!"  Not sure I entirely agree with her weight:warmth ratio theory but in this instance, the heavy wool lining and thick nylon sleeves do actually equate to a toasty bod.  

Then there are all those elements that make up this collage.  I've never really bought a coat that doesn't have an eye-catching detail of some sort on it because I've always been in fear of the staple coat.  The idea of turning to the same coat over and over again is enough to make me brave the cold in a few heat tech tops.  That's just my shameless stroke of vanity.  Goosebumps and frivolous outfits over warmth and practicality.  This is therefore the coat that is an outfit in itself.  There's no getting away from the rambunctious bulk of it.  It begs for discussion.  Why the furry back?  What's with the skirt?  Is it a semi kilt?  Is that a flash of paisley?  Anything that is underneath it will be muffled to silence.  I'll find it hard to resist the temptation to wear the coat with a clanger of an outfit but I'm going to refer to this mound of pictorial evidence here, just to remind me that there is in fact more than enough going on.





















(Worn with Iena Slobe navy tulle skirt, Madewell Marini√®re top, Aldo x J.W. Anderson loafer/trainer shoes)

19 Replies to “Anatomy of a Coat”

  1. I soooo agree about fashion photos needing to be detail-rich and dense with seamiology. Hate the out of focus ‘mood’ and ‘model’ variety . .

  2. I have this coat in the short navy version, its totally my favourite at the moment, and its the white piping inside that makes it for me! J.W.Anderson is peaking my hot list right now!

  3. I know it’s all about the coat, but I am obsessed with those shoes! They are insane! I adore them. What are they and where on earth did you get them?
    Thanks for the lovely post.

  4. I love this ensemble so much that I’m commenting for the first time! I especially love it because, while you yourself are quite svelte, someone who does not have the usual thin-thin build (ie, moi) could actually wear this and feel comfortable. Love you!

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