Baartmans & Siegel A/W’13 – Get Your Coat

by Katie on January 29, 2013

Winter collections are all about investment pieces. Global high-end brands like Burberry got wise to this a few seasons back, taking orders for more heavyweight pieces before the plastic was even back on the runway.

Whilst the last couple of years have been all about the dark suit, in all its multitude of variations, this coming Autumn/Winter’s focus has almost certainly been The Coat. After all, nothing makes a dramatic dandyish statement like refined, well-tailored outerwear, and Baartmans & Siegel are designing some of the best in London.
Yes, there were other clothes at Baartmans & Siegel’s Autumn/Winter 2013 presentation, set in a West End Odeon. So successful in fact that some of those present forgot about cinema etiquette completely, standing up in the stalls to take snapshots. Those dark suits – including a nicely-cut tweedy number, and the usual elegant separates (I especially like the slight drape to some of the trousers), but it is the coats and jackets that are the real stars of this collection.
Technical fabrics and influences literally rubbing shoulders with traditional outerwear, with the luxurious fabrications we’ve now come to expect from London College of Fashion alumni Wouter Baartmans and Amber Siegel, this proposition is classic and masculine whilst retaining an independent, individual edge.
The colours have a mostly muddy, militaryish flavour, mixed with bold blocks of berry shades and chalky whites. Fur trims abound, and a drop-shouldered pillar box red Crombie is a sly nod to the cape styles seen in other, less accessible collections.

Review written by Lee Clatworthy (@Team Chutzpah) for Katie Chutzpah blog.
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