Contemporary designer imaginings move between two oppositional forms, refining heritage aesthetics with carefully chosen updates, or reconfiguring the staple in new and unexpected avant-garde twists. In the case of the latter, familiar accents like epaulets, buttoned tabs, and storm flaps are occasionally ceded in favor of new minimalism or creatively embellished, while unorthodox, raw, and unexpected cuts and tailoring bringing new silhouettes into play. Jacquard and printed patterns, and material juxtapositions appear in select, thoroughly contemporary pieces. Alternative fabric choices like nylon, vinyl, PVC, and leather compliment more traditional variations cast in premium cottons and wools. The women’s outerwear staple continues to find limitless wearing value in its stoic timelessness, readily pairing with eclectic and more staid ensembles of all descriptions. Whether worn with jeans and a t-shirt, a breezy blouse, or elegant mid-length dress, the trench coat finds its strength as an ever-reliable anchor.
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