Bundled Up, Yet Sexy


The sun has taken a sabbatical, and it’s time for the woollens to take over the closet. But the globetrotting executive knows that the boring blacks, navys and browns, typical of the season, just don’t cut it anymore. Here’s a look at winter trends this year, presented by designers on the international fashion scene.

The Military Trend

Looking towards the armed forces for style inspiration began last year, and the trend is still at the front this winter. History illustrates the fact that military-style coats and jackets lend the wearer an air of edgy authority, and Salvatore Ferragamo, Alexander McQueen, and Versace agree. Outerwear with epaulettes, sturdy boots and shoes, brass buttons and big collars are defining elements.

Preppy Notes

A trend straight from the hallowed halls of the Ivy League. Cashmere sweaters, striped cardigans, and crisp khakis were spotted in the collections debuted by Vivienne Westwood, Tommy Hilfiger, D&G, and Etro. These pieces are perfect for the time when the bite in the wind becomes a little forgiving, and adds a little B School nostalgia to the executive’s wardrobe.

The Return of the Double-Breasted Suit

The pinnacle of power dressing in the 80s, the double-breasted suit has made a comeback in the second decade of the new millennium, thanks to the ministrations of Gucci, Canali, Lanvin, and Ferragamo. After shedding a bit of weight, the suit is now slimmer, and cut close to the body.

Nordic Knits

Sweaters with Nordic prints, which are large and allude to winter with motifs like snowflakes and the like, were spotted at the Missoni, Versace, and Hermes shows. Chunky knits and bright turtlenecks are stylish ways to keep warm this year, as well.

The Sixties Sartorialist

Knee-length topcoats, swing coats, wide lapels and oversize buttons were huge in the 60s, and fickle fashion has made them chic once again, thanks in part to Mod, er, Mad Men and co.

Shades of Grey

Grey is the new black, as they say in the fashion world. Whether it’s charcoal, dove or timberwolf, grey suits and separates are wardrobe must-haves in winter. Fashion forward execs should take a cue from Michael Kors, Dior Homme, Dolce & Gabbana, and Bogetta Veneta, who incorporated this versatile colour in suits, outerwear and casuals.

Colour It Bright

Summer’s come and gone, but left some of its bright hues behind on the runway. Armani and Dior showcased vivid colours in their collections. Those who prefer to stay with the subdued colours of winter, can incorporate bright accessories in their neutral ensembles, like bold ties, scarves and footwear.

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