There has been some talk on SewingWorld about coats, specifically this one:
Photo courtesy of style.com . The coat is by Armani and I admit I am very tempted by it as well. I love the style and it may indeed morph into something in my fall wardrobe. Truth be told, if the nice young man from Bergdorf Goodman had sent me this coat to try instead of a bunch of black suits, all beautiful but none of which interested me, he might have even gotten a sale. Luckily for my pocketbook, it did not work out that way.
Here is a detail shot of the collar, photo courtesy of www.elle.com :
If I make something inspired by this it will probably not be red and will not be exactly like this coat, even though I love red coats. Perhaps I just want my own take on the coat, perhaps it is too strong of a signature look from Armani this season, and although I have knocked off designer looks, and I spend too much time in fashionable parts of New York, to want to look like I have a copy of THE coat.
Anyway, this coat strongly reminds me of a coat from the Valentino Spring Couture Collection (photo is taken from the Hola Magazine Spring Haute Couture Edition):
Obviously this collar is less dramatic but still much the same idea. Here is a detail photo (from www.style.com ):
While I am on the subject of coats There are two others that are haunting my thoughts this year. One is vaguely similar, this one from Luisa Beccaria (photo courtesy of Colleziona Donna):
And in a totally different vein, this one from Alviero Martini (also courtesy of Collezioni Donna):
I actually don't think I would copy this coat very closely, but I like the idea of the leather panels on the lower part of the coat and I envision a nice plush wool coat, perhaps more fitted with a fuller skirt, with leather panels. This idea still needs a good bit of time to percolate through my brain before we see what comes out of it, but this coat may eventually lead to something.