Wednesday, January 14, 2004

New Better Bets! Edition #6:

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Coat ‘Tales’:

With winter upon us, and the cold weather providing a perfect excuse to splurge on a great coat (or two or three….) it’s perfect timing for the launch of Oscar de la Renta’s new coat collection for Fleet Street. It will be held Thursday, January 15th at 3 p.m. at the American Society, 68th street at Park Avenue. Which coincidentally, happens to be practically across the street from the Armory, which is the setting for the 50th annual Winter Antique Show (if you’re one of the lucky ones going to the Opening Night Gala).

Oscar is one designer who has always designed a ‘mean’ coat, and with the proven success of coats and outerwear at the retail level, not to mention an increasingly large number of women who are finding that buying fabulous outerwear and amassing a wardrobe of coats is a very wise investment indeed, this is especially good timing.

The line will consist of coats, rainwear, outerwear, wool with embroidery, and fur trims (Oscar has long been associated with the last two) and though I was not able to get price points, it goes without saying that the collection will be easier on the pocketbook than Oscar’s main line.

I for one have always felt that you cannot have too many coats - they literally make everything you wear look distinctive. And especially in the cold months of winter coats and outerwear are undeniably the most important part of a woman’s wardrobe. They are the key item that is always seen and very visible. You can get away with wearing the most inexpensive (but of course, well cut) jeans, simple and classic turtlenecks, and scarves, but as soon as you throw on a distinctive and ‘special’ coat, you instantly look fabulous.

Speaking of coats, on a recent walk down Fifth Avenue, the one thing that really stood out were the coats - particularly the great trench coats for spring that are already hitting the stores. Bergdorf Goodman’s 5th Avenue windows already have the new shipment from Chanel, including the ‘must have’ trench of the season - the short and fitted tan version trimmed with tweed. Throw on some pearls, two toned spectator pumps and in my opinion, you can go anywhere in the world!

Posted by Marilyn Kirschner

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