In 1985 Donna Karan made her debut with “Seven Easy Pieces”, a capsule collection of simple interchangeable wardrobe staples. In a stroke it changed forever how working women dressed. Using knits, draping and stretch, the silhouette was at once functional and feminine.
When I went to the Winser London press day to view the winter collection, now online, the Milano merino wool knits reminded me of this wonderful simple way of dressing.
The new Milano Wool SB Coat is a divine minimalist piece glamerous in nude, sharp in black, casual in grey. A piece to stamp your own will on. The Milano stitch has enough body to give it a tailored look but being knitwear, it is comfy too. It has a hint of the cocoon look, rather Grace Kelly, with a loose fit curved shoulder, drop sleeves and low slung side pockets. A coat to wear lunching with a glamerous man in Le Caprice. We all like coats and jackets that we don’t have to check. The Milano coats are fine slung over the back of a chair.
They can be shrugged on and off with ease. There really is the right piece for every age and shape. The Maxi coat in black worn by a skinny babe with long black boots and a tiny pencil skirt - very hip! The shorter version double breasted with horn buttons, cute and classic in chic red or blue for life in any of our great cities.
The Milano jacket and blazer just seem to be perfect work wear, easy but slick tailoring. Smart enough for the theatre, but can be dressed down for the country.
We don’t know yet how chilly our mid winter will be, but really there’s at least 9 months of the year when it is neither hot nor freezing, and these Milano wool coats and jackets make them perfect year round winners.
Style Agenda by Vanessa de Lisle - www.thefashioncupboard.com