Outfit: Helmut Lang Willowed coat, James Jeans Twiggy, Helmut kinetic t-shirt, Stuart Weitzman boots (similar), Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere 35cm.
I had an uh-oh moment when I slipped on a muddy slope (in the previous post) and realized that I would be so screwed if I had to dry clean my one and only winter coat. Yes, folks, for someone who's so obsessed with jackets and coats, I own ONE measly winter coat. It's been a case of "Hmm....let's see..... shall I wear the duffle coat or THE duffle coat?"
I wanted a unique coat, something a little less traditional, more fitted so that I don't end up looking like Humpty Dumpty - egg shaped with limbs hanging out. The latter's a frequent occurrence especially when I'm only 5' 2 and a quarter (every inch counts). Truth be told, I was tired of pea coats and especially the same over-sized Isabel Marant-esque coats which are sooooooo widely copied these days. I've seen similar designs in Mango, Maje and even Sandro. Plagiarism or coincidence? What do you think?
I chanced upon this Matrix looking coat from Helmut Lang one early morning (2am to be exact) after having drank way too much coffee during the day (don't drink and shop). All that was missing was a few karate chops and spinning kicks in s-l-o-w motion. I tested it out on a school run (minus all the martial arts moves and sunglasses however tempting it may be) and judging by the positive response from friends, I figured it was a good purchase. I lasted 12 hours of running around in London with only a thin t-shirt and a thermal vest underneath. The cotton, linen and wool mix fabric has a soft texture that doesn't scratch.
While Christy was on holiday back in China, she asked if I could help her nab a few coats from Maje when the sales hit the stores. As you can see, I'm feeling leather love at the moment so she ended up with a coat with leather sleeves. Again.
We couldn't get into the fully packed Aubaine, our favorite cafe in Chelsea for a coffee and snack so Lil L settled on a takeaway chocolate chip cookie instead. The mini food critic (who poo-poohs One Direction but hyperventilates over photos of Jamie Oliver. Go figure) decided that her cookie was 1) not crispy all around and a little soggy 2) the chocolate chips were too small and she could barely taste the chocolate in the chips 3) the overall "experience" was a little disappointing.
The photo of mangosteens is juxtaposed with the fur coats below for obvious reasons as they're both examples of two ends of the spectrum. One belongs in the hot tropics and the other looks more suited to -10˚C and below climate. Christy and I spent the afternoon gawking at the incredibly well dressed ladies along King's Road in Chelsea. I wish I have the courage to approach a few of them for street-style photos.
What do you look for in a coat? Have you seen one that stood out for you?