Coats with luxury touches

November 20, 1991|By N.Y. Times News Service

Coats, like everything else in fashion, have been caught up in the craze for changing fabrics, categories and uses.

BTC Once satin, velvet, lace and lame were strictly for evening, but now clothes made of or trimmed in any of these voluptuous fabrics are considered appropriate for day as well as night. Some of these fragile materials have also been treated to wear well in all weather.

At the Paris fashion showings last month, several editors were spotted wearing a boxy topper of black velvet with quilted satin sleeves that reversed to a quilted satin lining.

The coat looked great with a short pleated skirt or, better yet, over a pair of black tights. It would also be a perfect evening wrap: warm but elegant enough to toss over a ball gown.

It turns out that the coat, which sells for about $425, is really meant for rain wear and is made by an American manufacturer aptly called Drizzle.

Another material that works wonderfully for day or night is leather. A black leather trench coat, for instance, may not be waterproof, but it certainly makes a stylish statement, whatever the hour.

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