Thursday, June 01, 2006

THIS WEEK IN LONDON WE ARE MOSTLY WEARING...

Trenchcoats. I had to resist the urge to put: Trenchcoats! As if it's something really exciting. Classic, yes. Chic, hopefully. But exciting?

Even I'm already bored. But since I am bound to report what we in London are actually wearing and since we have had 'The Most Rain Since 1733'; it is trenchcoats that we are mostly wearing. Well technically it's they who are wearing them, since I have never had one. Being a pernickity detail obsessive I never found the right one during the trench craze of about five years ago. They are either too heavy (A.P.C), the collar is too big or worse, pointy,(anywhere on the high street) or it's too long, engulfs me and is too bloody expensive (Burberry). If I were to purchase a trenchcoat it would have to be very narrowly cut, lightweight with curved lapels, not too many epaulettes and doo dads and have a belt I could wrap high around my waist. There would be a kicky back pleat and it would flare gently from waist to knee. Oh, and be petrol blue, not beige. (I saw a vintage Burberry one in this colour once but it was too big.) Are you listening God of fleamarket serendipity?
Anyhoo, everyone's wearing them at the moment, mostly due to the weather, although Topshop has done just about every colour and variation of a trench you can think of - cropped, deconstructed, drop waisted, fifties, pretty much everything except The Perfect Trench. And don't even get me started on Gap.

The trenchcoat has become, or maybe always was a democratic item of clothing. Like jeans or aviator sunglasses. But let's face it, there are many trench wearers aiming for Charlotte Gainsbourg who land closer to Inspector Clouseau.

And most are just aiming to keep dry. Which is fine too.

But after a while it all gets a bit...beige. Carine Roitfeld suggests belting your trench with a printed silk scarf which no doubt looks chic and inventive on her, but on mere mortals it could just look like they lost their belt.

So, I have waded through the sea of beige with my little camera to bring you:
Trenchcoats, more Gainsbourg than Clouseau...



Illustrating that on an early summer day you need both sunglasses and a raincoat at all times.



Ok, not strictly speaking a trenchcoat but she looked so cute! Look at her little patent round peep toe shoes as well...


Left bank on the south bank.

8 comments:

eurobrat said...

I had the same dilemma when considering buying a trenchcoat until suddenly I tried a Theory one on a whim that didn't really look like much on the hangar but turned out to be Trenchcoat God Incarnate on the body. I think you would like it (even though it is beige, not petrol)- the waist is unusally high, and the coat is narrowly cut with minimal bits and bobs.

THANK YOU for the gorgeous candids.

Lola is Beauty said...

ooh that sounds nice, did you buy it recently? I will have a look...glad you like the pics.

lottie said...

You're spot on - the trenchcoat has infiltrated every nook and cranny of London lately. I got mine in Topshop about four years ago and love it so, but have worn it to death and it really is on its last legs.

I refuse to let it die, however as I fear I'll never find another. Although I have put a Burberry one on my birthday wish list but that's a bit fantasy wonderland...

Anonymous said...

Same here, I am afraid. I have been looking for a decent trenchcoat for ages, and still haven't found it. The only viable option is Burberry's, but I have to win the lottery first.
xxx
MIA

eurobrat said...

I couldn't find a picture of it on the Theory website... will have to post a photo soon.

Mode said...

My feed

Anonymous said...

I love the way you classify the photo's look-- so perfect.

I didn't know it had been raining so much in London-- here we've had weeks and weeks of rain and I'm about to lose my mind.

~bluepoppy

Julia said...

Nothing to add, you've said it all. This is the first year I'm keen on a trenchcoat, but I somehow know I couldn't pull it off.