Trench coats get silk makeover

Top labels embrace this seductive new jacket

When you think of trench coats one of the first images which probably crops up is French actress Catherine Deneuve in 1964 movie The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. The blonde beauty epitomised elegance in her classic beige version, and the laidback-yet-chic look has been recreated by various screen sirens and models ever since - but surely it’s time the look had a bit of a revamp.

Cue Gianfranco Ferré and the label’s exciting Spring/Summer 11 collection, which boasted a variety of shimmering silk trenches in many bright colours.

Gianfranco Ferré trench coat. Image: © Cover Media

Models at the show sauntered along the catwalk in the seductive coats, with colours ranging from classic camel to shocking pink. Although the models appeared to have nothing on underneath, and paired their slinky coats with nothing but killer heels, you may like to wear yours over a mini-dress or short-skirt and blouse combination.

Other top labels to have embraced this seductive new jacket include Yves Saint Laurent – whose Spring/Summer 11 show featured stunning silky updates on the classic coat.

This trend is about high-octane glamour, and works best teamed with full make-up and voluminous hair. Whatever you do don’t match a glamorous silk trench with flat shoes, as there is no greater style crime. And it doesn’t really work with trousers either, unless they are extremely well fitted and unfussy. The final rule for the silky trench is don’t rely on it to protect you from the rain – this trend is about fashion, not practicality, and you’ll only end up looking like a drowned rat if you get rained on, which is not sophisticated at all. © Cover Media