Fall 2010 is the season of the coat, in particular the season of
the camel coat. The AW10 catwalks dripped with outer garments in camel, tan,
taupe, caramel and oyster cream tones (see right).
Jacket choice is also good with
camel again being touted as the top tone. As with coats, the vast range of colours
displayed on the catwalks showed diversity within the colour range
from clotted buttery cream to dusty desert
The range of material for women's coats was also large, for
example, we see knitwear, wool Melton, tweed, silk, felt, leather, suede, Shearling
and leopard prints all get the camel colouration.
Camel can be an expensive
look, but choose your winter coat thoughtfully. For some women
a careful appraisal of the exact tone of this neutral
beige is important, especially if a yellow-based
camel makes your skin look flat and tired or worse jaundiced.
Some magazines will try to convince you that camel
flatters everyone, but it doesn't. The tone has to match an individual's skin tone; otherwise, camel clothing
can be death by
dullness. Just make sure you get the perfect shade just as
you would when selecting a foundation face base. Take your time
to get the camel colour that lifts your persona rather than
destroys it by drab insipidness.
Do you see it, as I do, just
like the shawl collar coat shown far left? Or do you see
camel as a tad more golden like the cape right? The latter
has a nuance of being subtly warmer.
Coat - Hobbs A/W 10 - Valence Coat, £269/€310
Camel Cape £180/€234 - Pied a Terre at House of Fraser.
Alternatively, do you envisage a creamy oyster beige,
yellow spice, manila, buff or dirty greyed sand in your mind's
eye? All are valid colour descriptions of camel.
Whilst camel does suit my fair appearance I almost always
prefer the lift I get from a more creamy or clear fresh tone
than anything dusty muddy in shade.
The camel colour works for complexions in the same way that a pearl's
lustre works for necks - some skins light up
more with white pearls than with yellow cream pearls, while
other women find their skin more lifted with natural peach pearls.
Manufacturers are not so stupid as to disregard this
catwalk camel trend, consequently, this fall you will find many subtle variations on
this pastel beige theme online or in shops near you.
Camel Hair Tones
Surprisingly, the camel animal itself cannot only live in the
hot desert, but also thrives in cool climates. They can
or black camel hair dependent on the genetic breed.
Bactrian camels, the ones with two humps, have a coat colour
from blonde to rich tobacco brown.
Manufacturers are even calling some camel coats 'blonde' on
Just take a look at this image I made right by capturing squares from photos of the
skin of 10 different breeds of camels.
You will instantly grasp how real camel
skin ranges from
a pastel blonde to a rich copper brown. The last colour blocks are
surprisingly dark and some animals I reviewed were black. Not
quite how I saw an average camel until I reviewed camel coats.
Very few women's camel fashion coats today are made from real
camel hair, which is taken from the combings of the animal's undercoat
rather than its top fur.
Unless you seek out a top brand designer garment and
specify camel hair, the material base is far likelier to be pure
new virgin wool, cashmere, angora or a mix of all these
fibres. Most fabric mixes also add a little nylon
(polyamide) for increasing wearing qualities and to prevent shrinkage
Left - Lunaraine Mink Trimmed Cashmere Coat - Clements
Above Right - Catwalk Coat - Caroline Herrera.
One way to lift the colour of a camel coat is to trim it with a fur collar, which picks up on another
creamy or dark colour. This is why the fur collared
camel or cream beige coat can be such a great women's garment if chosen
These catwalk collection women's coats use real fur. The high street coats below
use faux fur.
The fur collar also adds a touch of luxury to your camel coat,
and you can chose faux or real fur according to your conscience. Note the wide range of
beige tones available from soft creamy
palominos to rich sandy camels.
Left - Alexon Faux Fur Cream Coat - £130/€200, Size 8-20 -
Alexon Autumn Winter 2010.
Centre - Jacques Vert - Long 128cm Luxury Coat £299. This coat has a
detachable collar making it suitable on sunny but still cool spring
days. Available at the Jacques Vert website.
Right - Primark - Cashmere Coat/Faux Fur Collar £49. Stack Heel Platform
Shoe £15, Primark Womenswear A/W 2010.
Above Left - Gucci Wool Felt Coat With Ostrich Feather Sleeves.
Centre - Warehouse Coat £100/€130, Bag £45/€60, Mittens £20/€26
- Warehouse Autumn Winter 10.
Right - Camel Swing Coat €70/£60 Savida Autumn Winter 2010
Clothing Stockist Number: 00353 14751111.
Left - Camel Jacket £479 - Elégance describe this coat
with its removable cosy 100% rabbit fur collar, as luxuriously soft, made
of new wool with a high angora content. The 88cm long coat has flap
pockets and a decorative stitched tie-belt.
Centre - Camel Cornelli Coat £80/€99, Miss Selfridge - Simplicity
Collection - Stockist Number: 0845 121 45 17.
Right - Maxmara Alpaca Camel Coat £698 - Matches Fashion.
Above Left - Catwalk Fashion - Camel Shearling Coat &
Bag - Hermes AW10.
Centre - A Smart Warm Camel Lambskin Belted Coat £999 from
Elégance. The coat comes in sizes 10-22 (66121) and is described
as beige. Photography and the skin itself can make this colour
appear to vary. Elégance Autumn/Winter Stockist Number: 0844 557
5507 and elegance.co.uk
Right - Maxmara Cashmere City Coat - £1,048
. A very similar Maxmara wool mix coat is available in a creamy
paler colour at £568.
All three of these camel style coats use tie wrap belts,
also notice the fuller
skirts on two of these coats.
Another way to lift the colour of camel is to
add a sharp accent of bold fabric panels. Trim a piece
with decorative piping contrast, add black buttons or decorative
black appliqué and take camel out of its safety zone. These
coats above and below illustrate how black or a strong bold bright against camel makes the hue bolder and more vibrant.
Above Right -. Stockist Number: 0208 991 4904 -
Centre - Aquascutum AW10 Catwalk Fashion - Aquascutum Camel Wrap Coat with
Right - House of Fraser Camel Coat £160/€208 By Pied a Terre and
Brushstroke Silk Beaded Dress £80/€104 Linea, Pink 'Daria' tote
£275/€297 Patrick Cox, Black Patent Belt £12/€14 Therapy, Teal
Tights £7 Aristoc, Fuchsia Knit Cocoon Cardigan £115/€138 Almost
Famous - HOF Stockist Number: 020 7003 4000.
Left - Monsoon A/W 10 Ada Camel Coat - £160/€250 - English
Heritage Collection - monsoon.co.uk.
Centre - Principles by Ben de Lisi - Colour Block Coat £100/€155
- Debenhams Stockist: 08445616161.
Right - Savida Piped Camel Swing Coat - £60/€70.
The high-button camel coat, with a stand or
funnel neck collar, is an ideal winter coat to keep out chills. Cover
from the cold is provided at throat level. If you are not a lover of
extraneous accessories such as scarves, shawls or snoods, then this is the style for you
because it ensures plenty of thorax cover
to ward off biting winter winds.
Left - CC AW10 - Petite Camel Coat Tie Waist Winter
Trench Coat £229 - Country Casuals Stockist
Centre - Elégance AW2010 - Camel Coat by Elégance - £299 - 60% Wool and 40%
Right - Littlewoods Mandarin Collar Camel Coat £85 - Autumn
The British style of a double-breasted coat with
a hint of military
styling offers plenty of
extra front torso cover. However, such styles can have low open collars,
in which case extra scarves
and shawls are useful to stop the chest getting cold.
Centre - Debenhams - J by Jasper Conran Camel
Crombie Coat £190/€294, Pants £45/€70, 3/4 Ruched
Gloves £22/€34, Tote £85/€132.
Right - Oasis Camel Crombie Coat -
Right - A short jacket version of the classic British Warm from
Marks & Spencer AW10 Minimal Collection.
Marks & Spencer Coat £49.50/€67,Trousers £39.50/€54.
The full-on ladylike camel coat may be a step too
far for the rock chick who is struggling to get her head around
Men' super groomed looks. For her the little Shearling, caramel
aviator or leather jacket provides a nod to
camel whilst leaving a more casual choice of bottoms such as jeans, treggings,
or jeggings. A rock chick may also like the sleek silhouette
given by a languid knit dress, or the cowl-neck maxi dress shown
Left - Catwalk Inspiration - Dolce and Gabbana
Catwalk Model Leather Jacket.
Right - Wallis Sheepskin Aviator Jacket £250, Embellished Shift
Dress £150 Wallis AW10.
Left - Wallis Camel Long Sleeve Winter Maxi Dress
£65/€85 Wallis AW10 Clothes.
Team that knit or jacket with some camel pants
in any of several cuts that are now in fashion. Find pants that suit your body-shape,
or else soften down your leopard print jacket with some
quieter plain fabric.
Left - Warehouse Autumn Winter 10 - Jumper £35/€46,
Trousers £45/€60, Belt £25/€33, Bag £45/€60 -Warehouse Stockist Number: 0845 122 2251.
Centre Left - Hobbs Camel Trousers, £159/€185 - Hobbs Autumn
Winter 2010 Clothing
Centre Right - Warehouse 70's Kick Flare Trousers £45/€60,
Herringbone Wrap Jacket £80/€104.
Far Right - Alexon Camel Trousers £80/€130, Jewel Cardigan
£70/€115/Tipped Tank £35/€55 - Alexon Autumn Winter 2010.
Cloche hats and trapper hats set the agenda for
winter 2010/11 accessories. Trapper hats are often made from Shearling
and the shortcut to these is just to buy earmuffs! For a sleeker
ladylike look, select a felt cloche hat. Whilst these are all low cost
show a variety of colour tone within the camel range.
Left - Beige/Black Spot Hat £25/€35 -
Marks & Spencer
Centre - Accessorize - Camel Corsage Trim Cloche £26/€40 A/W10.
Accessorize Hats Stockist Number: 08448110068.
Right - Dunnes Wool Hat €10 £8.50 (Nov 2010) - Dunnes Stores
Autumn Winter 2010 Accessories - Stockist Number: +353 147
Still others simply accept that camel is not
for them and they are possible safer with greys and look much
better wearing silver to charcoal toned coats. Both are readily
available in all the shops this year.
Conclusion of Women's Camel Coat and Jacket Fashion 2010
Shearling, brocade, wool or cashmere coats plus the cape are the
best way of showing the world this winter that you are a woman
who understand the trends of Winter 2011. The camel coat or
camel pieces in particular is the must-have for any new winter wardrobe.
Copyright of images courtesy of Prshots.com, IFTF, Miss Selfridge,
Marks & Spencer, Hobbs, House of Fraser, Primark, Matchesfashion, Oasis, Debenhams,
Wallis, Urban Outfitters, Cruise, Aquascutum, Jacques Vert,
Littlewoods, Alexon, Dunnes, Savida,
River Island, Accessorize, Monsoon,
Warehouse, John Lewis, Swarovski. Header Image - Camel Coat
by Oasis. AW10.
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