Women's Cocoon Coat Fashion Trends for
By Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era.com
Women's Cocoon Coat Fashion Trends
The cocoon coat is a hit but, with so much freedom to select
from many styles, ensure
that the proportions of length, shoulder and hip width are correct for
your own body silhouette. The trend is growing for relaxed, but
structured fit and longer ladylike styles.
See how you can select a reworked silhouette style from at
least 5 different decades of the C20th.
Left- Easy Loose AW11 Coat - De La Renta Fur Trimmed Coat.
Centre - Jaeger AW11 - Guardsman Red Oversized Cocoon Long Wrap
This Jaeger coat has a dynamic pleated collar.
Right - Black Cocoon Coat AW 11 Ralph Lauren.
Here is my review of the important cocoon coat fashion looks for
Autumn 2011 and Winter 2012. An autumn 2011 wardrobe update
demands less flesh exposure than a spring update. Cooler
temperatures offer opportunities for more gracious looks in a
chance to show-off
The strongest coat silhouette at Designer shows was the cocoon
coat, alongside statement jackets, sixties Mod and seventies remix. If you are
investing in a new style coat this winter 2012 opt for cocoon coat style elements. We saw this trend start back in 2000,
slowly gaining ground so that now it's full
on with balloon and cocoon coat styles in both above and below knee lengths.
Some retailers call this cocoon style an ovoid coat. If you
feel the volume of fabric drowns your tiny waistlin, then show it
off by belting the cocoon style.
There is a style for every woman and in 2011 you can choose
from a cocoon coat in wool or cashmere double cloths, wool
tweed, fur, leather, shimmering brocade, or padded puffa
materials. This fashion trends
article focuses on the Autumn Winter 2011/12 main styles and
trends in women's cocoon coats.
cocoon trend also works its way around the more casual relaxed
wear of quilted puffa padded coats and fur coats.
Left - Luxury from Oscar De La Renta AW11.
Cinnamon Double Faced Double Drape
Alpaca Cocoon Coat.
Right - Wallis Autumn Winter 2011/2012 Double Breasted Winter
The Overall Volume Look Autumn 2011 - This includes Cocoon
Coats, padded fur sleeves in coats and jackets. There is a trend
for he trend is growing for relaxed, but structured fit in some
coats. Volume sleeves mean full blouson sleeves sometimes morph
into cape shoulder styles or cape sleeves.
Cocoon Cape Coat Style
Burberry opted for colour and wool to create bright pieces.
Left - Burberry AW11 Green Sculptural Wool Cocoon Cape Coat - £2195.
Right - Marks & Spencer Bright Orange Katy Cocoon Cape Coat £89.
Ovoid Coat Styles for Women
High street adaptations of Cocoon or ovoid coats sometimes
economise on the bulk of the
coat, but still allow for winter clothing. This can be a good
thing as these styles do cover excess lumps and bumps but make
sure the shoulder fit and sleeve length is good too. The coat
fashion style is a good choice for building up winter layers.
Left - Next Hoxton Girls Cocoon Coat £65/€86.
Next Stockist 0844 844 8000
Right - Debenhams - Butterfly by Matthew Williamson Cream Coat
Debenhams Stockist Tel:08445616161.
Heritage as a style theme was seen at Fendi, Rag & Bone, Tory
Burch and Burberry. This look uses traditional British textile
materials for best effect.
Relaxed Fit Coats in Tweed, Plaid, Tartan and Check
Burberry used colours with black to create amazing checks in
rich wools. Burberry used these luscious wool fabrics to create
coats and capes that were distinctive and desirable. Hound and
dogtooth checks, blanket plaids and tablecloth checks give a
cosy air to winter coats, throws, wraps, ponchos and capes.
Tailored jackets and pure wool check skirts also suit the good
quality British wool theme. Burberry show several trends in
silhouette including a trend for relaxed, but structured fit in
Left - Burberry Prorsum - Relaxed Fit Purple & Virgin Wool Check
Coat, Tubular Sleeves & High Funnel Neck - £2395.
Available at Burberry and
www.brownsfashion.com. The double-breasted front closure
adds an extra warming front layer right up to the chin. Ideal
torso cover in winter winds. The half-length sleeves have
layered detail, whilst the long epaulettes add shoulder focus.
At the back, interest is given with a half cinch belt and
gathering. The relaxed fit means the wearer has room for some
winter layers, making this a stylish chic but practical choice.
Top Fashion Trends for Autumn Winter 2011-2012
For 2011/12 some fashion designers have reworked styles from
several specific decades of the 20th century. They've
created so many fresh innovative looks enabling every woman to
style her individual lifestyle new image and wardrobe. Sixties
looks merge with seventies retro and forties elements all
This fashion trends article focuses on the Autumn Winter
2011/12 main styles and trends in women's cocoon coats.
These coats above have semi loose lines, but
with fur hem trims.
Left - Catwalk AW11 - Coat from Oscar De
Right - Mint Velvet AW11 Funnel Neck Fur Trim
Mint Velvet Stockist Number: 0845 456 2200.
Many coat styles and dresses have fur hemlines
or cuffs this winter. The fur in high street pieces is mostly
faux. An alternative to fur is the leather or faux leather hem
panel band and features on many retro sixties shorter coats.
Black Cocoon Coats - Occasion Wear
Shimmering Coats and Statement Cuffs
Left - Nina Ricci Shimmering Black Cocoon Coat - Matchesfashion.com.
Right - Fendi Cashmere Coat With Mink Fur Cuffs
Made in Italy this Fendi coat is available from
Browns describe it as 'Marl navy cashmere
swing coat with golden orange mink fur trimmed cuffs by Fendi.
Fold over collar leads into a concealed press stud front
closure. Wide, long sleeves. Two hip pockets. Unlined. Relaxed
fit. Hemline finishes above the knees. 100% cashmere with Mink
You will have noticed there are many black as well as coloured
Everyone needs a black coat in their wardrobe. I have four black
coats in mine in different styles and lengths all bought in the
past decade along with coloured, quirky and neutral coats. Coats
are my favourite winter buy and I just have to buy one,
sometimes two every year even if I don't buy much else. Coats
are statement making pieces that the onlooker sees first and
gains an impression. You can put your personality on show for a
particular day by the coat you don that day.
Yes cocoon coats
come in standard black as well as fashionable bold bright
colours. Buy into the hot trend for a quality Cocoon coat with
the alpaca black style below left. This Nicole Farhi coat has an
enormous enveloping wide shawl picture collar. In fashion
history, style elements always repeat and the wrap feature of
this Farhi coat is a nice touch for those who love 1920s
Boardwalk Empire fashions.
Right - Autumn 2011 - Nicole Farhi Double Faced Double Draped Coat.
This luxurious coat is 70%
Alpaca/ 30% Wool - £1,000.
Nicole Farhi is at 158 New Bond Street, London W1S 2UB.
Stockist - Tel: +44 (0) 20 7499 8368 or
At one extreme we have huge collars and large upstanding funnel
cowl necklines on coats, yet also collarless coats with Audrey
Hepburn or Jackie Kennedy sixties style elements.
Above - Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffanys
and wearing a Givenchy burnt orange/tangerine red coat. The
Burberry Red Coat AW11 - £1595.
memorable, lusted after 60s coat, with wide stand variation of
neckline styling, is similar to many of the coats below here. Designers
cannot help but raid the fashion history archives. Coats such as
these are perfect for styling with scarves, pussy bow blouses
and dresses, or high roll sweaters.
Collarless Coats were a trend of Autumn 2011 catwalk shows. Some are
totally collarless, others have the slightest round stand
collar or an inset round faced insertion to add support and
neckline shape. But it is an interesting change from revers and
makes an ideal flat surface for scarf accessorising or adding
the latest must-have accessory a
fur tippet or choker necklace.
Left - Camel Wool/Angora Collarless Coat - Marc by Marc Jacobs.
Stockist - matchesfashion.com.
Right - ASOS Red Collarless Military Styled Coat - £100.
Fur tippets that can be added to coats, jackets,
dresses and knitwear are a winning wardrobe planning piece.
Collarless coats worn with roll polo neckline sweaters give a
true 60s and 70s touch when the wearer add in patterned opaque
In fashion history terms round collarless styles that sit very
neatly at the neckline like these coats above, are also
sometimes described as Chanel necklines.
Left - Burberry Orange Coat - AW11.
Right - Red Collarless Coat £75 - M&Co AW11 Womenswear.
M&Co Stockist Number: 0800 0317 200.
The red coat above and the black and white windowpane check coat
below are almost
lookalike copies of the orange Burberry coat fashion styles above
left and the Burberry red coat below.
They have minor differences,
enough to make them worthy in their own right; but it is clear
that the Burberry designs were the starting inspiration for
these high street pieces. Collars have very high funnel neck
stands, low or no stand or revers, thus making them totally collarless.
Left - Burberry AW2011/12 - Loose Shape Red Wool Balloon Sleeve
Coat £1595 & Baker Boy Hat.
Right - ASOS AW11 Coats - Check Hooded Stepped-waist Coat £95.
Stockist Number: www.asos.com
Chubby cocoon faux fur coats in bright colours such as
purple, navy, claret, teal, caramel and honey have surfaces that
are set in rows like traditional skins were once used. Shearling
and Mongolian fur has been dyed to bright colours. Purple and
aubergine toned dyed fur was a popular choice.
Right - Collarless Fur Cocoon Coat - Roksanda
Ilincic Edition For Debenhams - £199/€299.
Debenhams Stockist Number: 08445616161.
Give extra shape to your cocoon coat by adding a belt and
cinching in your waist.
Left & Right - Star by Julien MacDonald Glam Faux Fur Coat
£99/€148.50 - Debenhams.
Shaggy Fur Coats
Right - Fur Coat Matthew Williamson AW11.
Centre - Fur Chubby Coat Dunnes Stores.
Shaggy furs such as
Mongolian fur and synthetic versions dominate casual outerwear
jackets and gilets. Expect to see some very
interesting fashion clothing pieces based around fur trim.
Right - Fur - Just Cavalli AW11.
Left - Chubby Fur Coat Matthew Williamson AW11.
Short Fur Jackets
Left - Chubby Fur Coat Matthew Williamson AW11.
Centre - Sea Green Short Cocoon
Fur Jacket. Diane Von Furstenberg AW11.
Creamy neutral chubby furs will team with many clothes, but the
bold bright colours of seas green add a zing very much of this
Fashion fabrics for autumn 2011 are simply fabulous. Fashion
designers chose materials with superb tactile qualities and
Look out for fuzzy fabrics, furry textures, goat hair, teased
mohair and soft cosy pieces that make you want to get closer.
Boucle wool sleeves on cardigan coats offer high
street value options to compliment catwalk designers take on fur panels
on coats sleeves.
Faux fur is used extensively with whole garments and fur trim
collars, tippets and bag flaps all getting the fur or skin
treatments. Chubby shorter fur coats are always winter warmer
seasonal must-haves - Karan knows this and showed chubby coats
at DKNY. Marina Rinaldi has some luxury fur coats that are
both sleek and stylish, perfect for plus size women who long for
high fashion and enough material to cover lumps and bumps.
Rich texture is easiest to do if you select fur collars and jackets
of fur. Maribou feathers in rich jewel colours add exotic
alternative texture to hems, cuffs and necklines.
After that try baroque brocade fabrics or crocodile and
textures in bags, footwear and fabrics. Shearling handbags and
Mongolian furs add texture that is layered to enhance contrast.
You will fall in love with mixture of textures from
subtle languid fluid silks to coarser hairier and sports
fabrics. Silk and silk/wool mixes are the winter must-have
fabrics. Other luxury materials such as silk panne velvet make
the perfect luxury fabric for winter festive coats.
Coat Accessory & Add-ons Autumn 2011
Bags Tippets Gloves
Get instant lift with a bright bold fashionable handbag. Carry
your bag in an obvious no handle grasp under your arm as hug me
pouches. Well try it for the season and see how much it
irritates you compared with underarm handle
Update your autumn pieces that with jewel toned court shoes.
Select a heel that suits you and try a small platform for the
The Mary Jane shoe has multiple straps and worn with patterned hosiery/pantyhose
adds retro quality to leg looks. Pump shoes have shorter
pointed toes and easy heels. Solid square heels and cone
heels follow 1970s trends in
women's shoes. Platforms and wedges, which are still available,
often have fur cuff trims.
The key elements of fashion trends for autumn 2011, winter
2012 depend on longer lengths and bold rich vibrant colours in
contrast textures and luxury fabrics. The silhouette pays homage
to forties, sixties and seventies decades of style fashions.
Tailoring Fashion Trends for Autumn 2011
The strongest coat silhouette at Designer shows was the cocoon
coat. This fashion trends article focuses on the Autumn
Winter 2011/12 main styles and trends in women's cocoon coats.
NEXT AW11/12 - Hoxton Girls Cocoon Coat £65/€86.
Whatever silhouette or retro trend you select you can be sure fashion
for autumn 2011 and winter 2012 focus on mixes of zinging jewel colours.
Conclusion of Key Fashion Trends Autumn 2011 Winter 2012
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