Ah! The shivering chills of Winter are almost here. So far we[East coast natives] have received mixed teasers of snow and rain--quite normal during transitioning weather. But, I do have to say New York Winter is by far less cold-hearted then Chicago's. Either way, on the overall Winter is exciting! It's a time to draw closer, think deeper, ice-skating, sledding and perhaps even some snow ball fights, well, aside the winter space parking battles, burying your neighbor's car in snow[maybe in revenge for blowing the Fall leaves to your side or stepping on the grass during Summer] but who wants to talk about those now, right? or maybe it's 'd' none of the above--blessed you are! Either way, we are still in the Winter and festive honeymooning phase, so let's enjoy the moment in whatever social cast you're in.
Chances are by now, you have already chosen your winter coat, but just in case you haven't or want to step-up from the typical[and, that's alright if it's your personal style] peacoat Winter mantra, let me enlighten you with three options on the popular rise--the maxi, midi[most times interchangeable] and cocoon coats. Allow me to convince you a bit further, fashion can definitely do goodwill things at times--the structure of these coat pieces is by far flattering for the woman who prefers reservation between the world and her figure. Definitely, glad fashion has digged-up these blasts from the past. We can thank the Persians for the introduction of the initial coat idea and the 70's for flourishing the maxi length. And before there was the cocoon shape, in the early 1900's there was leading French designer Paul Poiret who liberated[inspired by oriental sensibilities] the figure of the woman from corsets and petticoats through his waistline shifted designs. It was in the 1950's that Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga brought about the cocoon shape coat--changing the silhouette of the woman. Thank you gentlemen for making our present lives a bit easier; the Demureist woman couldn't be more merrier.
Now, if you need a bit of present-time visuals and inspiration; these styles of coats were visible in the Fall/Winter 2014 Ready-to-Wear Season at Agnona, in a cape inspired format as seen at Del Pozo, in maxi length at Felder Felder and Wes Gordon, midi length at Proenza Shouler, on a lighter weight note[for you West Coast natives] in Haider Ackermann and in tweed at Chanel. So, take your pick!