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The classic winter coat – Perri Cutten style

Emma Macdonald

If this week’s arctic breezes didn’t convince you it is time to invest in a statement winter coat, then have you heard next week is forecast for snow?

While Canberra’s climate at this time of the year can only be described as unattractive, the plus-side is that there is nothing quite as luxurious as investing in a statement winter coat. And now is a great time to assess which direction you are going to head in when it comes to choosing a style, fit and colour for a wardrobe staple that is bound to be on steady rotation for the next few months.

Head designer for Perri Cutten Penelope Loorham is excited to discuss some of the directions in which she has taken the fashion house’s iconic winter coat range.

She believes in a climate such as Canberra’s, a functional winter coat is de rigueur for comfort when not even the most hardy of businesswomen can make it from the car to the office without adequate cover – preferably with more than a hint of mohair.

But Penelope also sees the chilliest season as an opportunity for fashionable women to update their wardrobes with a jacket that offers “a strong colour, or a sharp, modern silhouette or a detail such as military”. That drab outfit you put on this morning? Who notices it under a superb coat?

Perri Cutten’s 2017 coat collection has considerable variety, according to the seasoned designer.

“There are strong colours like Bright Pink, Tangelo Orange, Bright Blue, then interesting detail fabrics such as checks and surface interest.”

Another option is to choose from the collection’s much softer palette “including Winter White, Pale Blue and Marle Charcoal, but never forgetting classic colours, red, black and navy.”

Penelope notes that the silhouettes are particularly strong this winter and there is a variety of ways a customer can create a different look.

For those with a bent for sharp military styles, there are examples such as the Anton Coat in Navy.

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The Anton Coat in Navy – Perri Cutten

Who could walk past the Marseille Coat in Pale Blue without wanting to drape its soft folds and elegant hood across a frost-bitten body?

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The Marseille Coat in Pale Blue – Perri Cutten

Want to stand out from the crowd on a bleak grey morning? Try the Rosa Coat in Rust.

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The Rosa Coat in Rust – Perri Cutten

And if your taste is more in classic double-breasted fisherman-style coats, the Royale Coat in charcoal is a classic luxe must-have.

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The Royale Coat in Charcoal – Perri Cutten

Beauty aside, most of the coat fabrics used for the collection are imported from Europe – mostly wool blended with cashmere, angora mohair or other luxury yarns.

While coat trends come and go, the focus at Perri Cutten is on classic and versatile quality pieces that can be worn with pride for years to come. The fact they keep you toasty during the long and harsh winter is just an added bonus.

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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald has been writing about Canberra and its people for more than 20 years, winning numerous awards for her journalism - including a Walkley or two - along the way. Canberra born and bred, she’s fiercely loyal to the city, tribally inner-north, and relieved the rest of the country is finally recognising Canberra’s cool and creative credentials. More about the Author

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