Alongside the parade of pastels that usher in the spring season, are the staple of spring fashion, the trench coats. As a child, I remember my grandmother’s shin-length Burberry as the first sign that we would be taking lunches at Armani outside. This break from warming ourselves and full bags by a fireside cafe meant winter was long gone. So, funny enough, spring always looked two-toned to me, with an equal balance of beige and loud colors.
Always spot-on-trend Bill Cunningham shared my iconic memory of the change of seasons, in his delightful pictorial portrayal of New York City’s parade of trench coats. His take on the trench this season was an assertion that it could be re-invented, via color or detailing, to take on a more personalized welcoming of April showers. To me, this is the greatest way to bring into mainstream fashion the idea of making the old new. Similar to my last post, on the potential for bringing old clothes a second life, we’re seeing the trench be re-invented to suit a woman’s need for personalization and change with her fashion. I selected a couple of images of this ilk that you Eco-Fashionistas will be proud to wear, the crown jewel is Gary Harvey’s Mac Dress, made of 18 re-used trench coats that is a fantastic nod to the Burberry’s of days of old.
All this to say, have fun with fashion this spring, and beyond, and remember you can still be on-trend, and mindful of the environment when you too welcome in your first bout of spring showers!