The top five AW12 coat trends

— 28 September 2012

Winter is on its way and top of your new season to-do list has to be finding the heart of your AW12 wardrobe, your perfect coat. Knowledge is power: be inspired by the catwalk and take your pick from the top five autumn/winter 2012 coat trends.

Haider Ackermann felted coat AW12
Maison Martin Margiela AW12

Understated minimalism never goes out of style and was seen on the AW12 catwalks from Haider Ackermann to Maison Martin Margiela. Opt for sleek lines and straight silhouettes for a
classic cover-up that will see you through season to season.

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The humble padded jacket was raised to high-fashion proportions this season. The star of the shows was Peter Pilotto's inimatable printed puffer as French label Moncler continues
to make alpine-chic look oh-so-so cool.

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The catwalks were awash with English heritage-inspired, shooting-weekend-chic this season, with tweed, corduroy and waxed cotton all in attendance. Be inspired by the runway and
choose a coat made for the great outdoors.

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Black, navy and grey may be safe bets, but colour-popping hues and fun prints will certainly brighten those miserable winter mornings. Look to Comme des Garcons and Acne for a head-turning coat that will define your new season style.

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Step to attention because the military trend is back. This time it's all in the detail: Yohji Yamamoto and Ann Demuelemeester make the style their own with artful tailoring and gothic drama.

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