Winter's Bundled-Up Looks Take Hold

By Patrick Michael Hughes on January 21, 2013 9:54am 

MANHATTAN — As temperatures plummet, bundled-up outerwear and high-fashion cold weather accessories are hitting the streets.

Wrapped, hooded and texture-blocked looks are taking over in enticing fusions of wool, fur and leather. The trends spotted on the runways from the fall/winter 2012 and pre fall 2013-looks turned up on the streets, revving up the fashion flock in advance of New York Fashion week next month. Three-quarter-length coats, tailoring and hidden-button details have followed through as a strong fashion narrative. Street Chic noted winter’s paired-down sensibility in regard to layers — lighter fabric weights paired with sinewy knits.

A brilliantly outré look by designer Rick Owens was spotted on Broadway. The ensemble highlighted Owens’ robust sense of volume in outerwear with an impressive collar stance and generously proportioned line of the torso. The look encapsulated many of the trends Street Chic has been tracking — assorted shades and textures of black, varied silhouettes, and the little ribbed black skull hat.

The volume neck wrap is still fashionable but has moved beyond the monochromatic shades of black or camel. Street Chic liked the rich knotted polychromatic coil spotted on fashion stylist Marcelo Gaia in SoHo. His wide fur collar short trench was skillfully balanced with a neutral fleece layer highlighted at the cuffs and a waffle-weave knit hat in canary yellow added an additional bust of color.

A vibrant red-hooded coat by Michael Kors was very eye-catching on model Gracie Abreu. Her neck-wrap look in sable-toned fur was an ideal neutral contrast. Both of these looks featured a casually knotted self-tie belt, an outwear trend in step with the winter 2013 season.

Among those spotted in the season's forward looks included Leigh Howell, an associate producer at Steeplechase Films, whose classic tailored above-the-knee wool coat in muted olive blocked with black sleeves accessorized with an aqua tone scarf and a forest green Fair Isle hat.

Amani Martin, an Emmy Award winning director and producer and founder of Peaceful Warrior Productions, donned a rich brown corduroy coat paired with a scaled-down ombre knit scarf in brown, black, taupe and gray.

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