TELLING TRENDS FROM THE PODIUMthat you can adapt to your wardrobe for the next six months. The choice of key things for the autumn-winter period is a real pain for our compatriots who are keen on fashion. Lightweight New Renaissance dresses, vinyl raincoats, fishnet tights, nylon bombers, mules - all this can perfectly exist in mild climates, or at least at temperatures down to minus two.
In our realities, you need to be creative: for example, use special sports masks instead of a scarf as an everyday wardrobe item. Layering and the skill of “putting on three sweaters at once” is a vital necessity, not a way to express love for the Sacai brand. So, we only have a couple of tips from the catwalks at our disposal. This season, for example, designers suggest remembering a sheepskin coat - a sheepskin jacket or coat, be it natural or artificial.
How it all started
People have used sheep skin for heating since time immemorial. For example, the remains of one of the oldest sheepskin coats, vaguely reminiscent of modern ones, were found just on the territory of Russia - their age is estimated at more than 2 thousand years. Sheepskin coats were especially popular in tsarist Russia. They were worn by both peasants and people from wealthy families, who covered their outerwear with brocade, decorated with stones and made embroidery. A sheepskin coat was also worn during long winter journeys: on the road it served as both a blanket and a pillow. The popular idea still says that it was sheepskin sheepskin coats that played a role in the war of 1812 - they helped the soldiers of the Russian army to escape from severe frosts. Historians, however, refute this interpretation.
In the last century, the sheepskin coat in the form to which we are accustomed today appeared in the American army. Created specifically for pilots in 1934, such jackets were primarily needed in order to keep warm: the temperature in leaking cockpits of military aircraft dropped to minus 60 degrees. These models had a special high collar with a clasp.
But the sheepskin coats of the characters in Claude Lelouch's film "Man and Woman" are more reminiscent of Russian sheepskin coats, rather than military jackets. Such a versatile sheepskin coat, like that of the heroine Anuk Eme, can easily be imagined on the street today. After the release of the film, jackets with fur became incredibly popular and began to appear everywhere in the collections of various designers.
How the sheepskin coat returned to fashion
It's hard to say when the sheepskin coat came back into fashion: there was not a decade when these jackets were simply ignored. Moreover, it was in 2016, when universal clothing is especially appreciated, that the sheepskin coat became more popular than ever.
It remains only to navigate in the variety. The options are incredible: Tory Burch has a long sheepskin coat, similar to the one worn by the character Kate Hudson in the movie "Almost Famous"; at Balenciaga it is close to the original version of the aviator jacket, while at Maison Margiela it is an intricately tailored model in the form of a cape. You can wear these with anything, but it is better to take into account the length and massiveness. Ellery combines a light sheepskin coat with a snow-white closed dress and intricate shoes, Carven suggests combining a mid-length model with leather pants, and at Marque's Almeida, a short yellow jacket was paired with a ruffled orange skirt - the main thing in this look was color. Sheepskin coat goes well with both basic things and strict, as the Trademark brand proves. In winter, instead of mules, it is better to choose any men's style boots.
What to wear with
A well-made sheepskin coat is so warm that it can even be thrown over a silk dress or T-shirts: there will be no chance of freezing. A significant disadvantage is that it is really incredibly heavy and it will be difficult to wear it every day for those who are used to running dashes from the subway to work.To give yourself a break, you can alternate it with a huge down jacket, also an unspoken hit of the season.
You can try to find a suitable sheepskin coat at the ruins or flea markets - perhaps this is the most ethical option of all. Unfortunately, it is difficult to find a non-Polish model of the 90s in Russian second-hand shops, but, say, Berlin can offer a lot of options. Some people will love mass-market jackets like Topshop. From year to year, Acne produces a sheepskin coat almost unchanged - this is one of the most popular items of the brand.
You can combine a sheepskin coat with anything, but it is better to take into account the length, volume and color. If you are looking for a versatile option, look for black and natural shades such as sand. This will look organic even with an elegant sequin dress or other complex textured things. Due to the fact that the sheepskin coat itself is bulky, instead of a backpack, you can choose a rigid-shaped bag with a wide strap. If desired, even boats will fit under such a jacket - there are no strict rules. In order not to catch a cold, it is better to give preference to shoes that are more suitable for the season, for example, coarse boots or ankle boots with stable heels.
Photos: Acne Studios, Yeezy Spring 2017, DreamWorks Pictures