29 March 2011

Sailing in the city

Ever since FW10 I have been obsessed with parkas. I only have one by Spanish brand U de Adolfo Domínguez, which I love as was a surprise to find but I am constantly looking for new ones because there're trends that I adapt into my wardrobe and they quickly become personal classics. After looking for two or three seasons I have only found one or two models that come close to what I want. Until now, that is. The people from Henri Lloyd emailed me last week or so about a jacket they were promoting then. Their "Elwick Jacket" is not technically a parka but it's close enough. And it's navy, which makes is a brilliant choice for Spring and Autumn. What I like most about it is that it introduces colour with the detailing. The drawstring fastening the hood (lined with gingham) and hemline is bright red and it's held out by pieces of tan leather, which is the same colour of the buttons. The nautical references are evident and go in line with a lot of things we see in the Summer —breton stripes, rope belts, white-wash jeans— and very much in line with Dolce & Gabbana's SS11 campaign and plenty of editorials. If you live in a place like London where Spring and Summer nights are still chilly this is the perfect jacket to pair up with shorts and espadrilles. I need one now!

[Pictures: Courtesy of Henri Lloyd, TheFashionisto.com, jbquiltingfabrics.co.uk]

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