For obvious reasons, for the past 18 months designers have looked to boost our moods by turning the colour levels all the way up across collections, but a bright coat, in particular, will be an instant pick-me-up when you’re faced with dark, chilly mornings. Prada On Ice’s printed ski coats, Stand Studio’s bold squares and Remain Birger Christensen’s winter tie-dye are all making a case for playful pattern. Alternatively, you can spin the colour wheel and find an incredible coat wherever you land: we love the verdant shades of green at The Situationist, Bottega Veneta and earth-conscious Danish label Saks Potts; vivid blues at Gauchère and Alberta Ferretti, and flushes of pink at Moncler and Gabriela Coll.
We’re convinced these distinctive styles have staying power, too. Take Gabriela Coll’s ‘No 65’ coat. Inspired by an old image of Miles Davis swathed in an enormous, elegant coat, this silhouette is reimagined each season, this time in a pleasing dusty-pink corduroy. “All our pieces exist as part of a permanent wardrobe,” says Coll, “creating a biography through time with seasonless pieces that can also stand alone.”