The Times -
10 June 2005
How to stay warm, beautifully
By Lucia van der Post
As one who has frozen at summer events from Glyndebourne to
Ascot, I've been trying to find the answer for years. But this
year there is a spectacularly glamorous and comforting solution
- a divine evening coat. They're everywhere.
Almost every designer from Marni and Paul Smith to Betty Jackson and Cacharel has a version.
The great thing about them is that you can wear almost anything
you like under them and still look beautifully glam. The secret
of the coat is that to look suitably swishing and elegant it shouldn't
be in wool (or, put it this way, wool may provide the warmth but
it doesn't provide the evening glamour). They should be in silk
(padded, if you can find them), brocade or satin.
There's Miu Miu's delicious rose-and-cream floral coat which
is hard to beat for sheer prettiness. Vera Wang has a supremely
elegant, structured number in white and green brocade –
very, very cool - while Jean Muir has also turned to brocade for
a sophisticated take on the evening coat. Derek Lam goes in for
a good mix of prettiness and elegance using a lovely red-and-white
For those with more off-beat taste, Karina Duebner of Tamerlane-s
Daughters offers one-off items of clothing that she calls 'a fusion
of tribal and couture'. She incorporates antique pieces, embroidery
from Uzbekistan and golden amulets from Ottoman wedding dresses.
She has some good flamboyant evening coats.
A glamorous evening coat isn't going to be cheap but it ought
to see you through summer evenings for years to come, so regard
it as investment dressing.