Susannah Frankel: 'Any actual austerity is image-based, a nod to the circumstances'
Austerity Britain. It should come as no surprise that this is a reference this season. Rarely has it been so fashionable for a woman to dress in what looks like her (male) partner's military great coat even though, we all know, that it's not really her partner's military great coat.
There are many of these – adapted to suit the female form, of course – to choose from for autumn. They came thick and fast on the catwalk everywhere from Balmain and Gucci to Burberry and Valentino, where designers have re-worked a basically functional and masculine classic to beauteous and suitably luxurious effect. Any actual austerity is image-based, then, a respectful nod to the circumstances as opposed to anything profoundly worthy. On the high street, too, the look proliferates, best seen at Topshop Unique where floor-sweeping, oversized army green coats look brilliant.
My own personal nod to this style is neither big nor floor-sweeping, but a cropped and quite fitted military jacket (£450, net-a-porter.com) courtesy of McQ, the newly re-launched Alexander McQueen second line.
My jacket is cut in wool, not cashmere, so it lies stiff and flat on the torso which I like. It is black (obviously) and double-breasted (not obviously, in fact controversial for me) and the buttons are a dull pewter colour. I like that, too. If they were polished brass, say, as they just might be under more genuinely brave and soldierly circumstances, I wouldn't feel very comfortable at all.
Life & Style blogs
Nokia no more: Microsoft drops once-ubiquitous mobile name – in favour of its Lumia brand
Fake goats’ cheese found in supermarkets
Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
Uber France apologises for sexist promotion offering men free rides with 'incredibly hot chicks' as drivers
Hate your email? Google knows: its new app promises the earth (and a manageable inbox)
- 1 This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
- 2 Marijuana use by teenagers does not result in a lower IQ or worse exam results, study finds
- 3 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 4 Jimmy Carr's controversial Oscar Pistorius joke goes too far at the Q Awards
- 5 NHS staff banned from drinking tea or coffee on the job because it looks like they're not working hard enough
£300 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: SSRS Report Developer – 3 Mon...
£95 - £150 per day: Randstad Education Birmingham: Key Stage 1 teacher require...
£32000 - £39000 per annum + benefits + bonus: Ashdown Group: Generalist HR Man...
£18000 - £30000 per annum + uncapped: SThree: Do you feel like your sales role...