We Want It: Suede Trench Coats

Suede trench seems like an oxymoron. Until, that is, you see one sumptuous version after another sent down the runways this season by designers like Michael Kors and Brioni's Brendan Mullane, all giving the proverbial finger to practicality by marrying the less-than-waterproof material with the classic silhouette.

Photograph courtesy of Hermès

Suede trench seems like an oxymoron. Until, that is, you see one sumptuous version after another sent down the runways this season by designers like Michael Kors and Brioni's Brendan Mullane, all giving the proverbial finger to practicality by marrying the less-than-waterproof material with the classic silhouette.

At Hermès, Véronique Nichanian showed a rich midnight-navy number—belted and slim-fitting—while Trussardi's slouchy single-breasted take channeled Harrison Ford's floor-sweeping coat in Blade Runner. The keys to pulling it off lie in the basics you pair it with (let the coat's texture be the focus) and your approach: Treat it as the luxurious statement piece that it is, but don't be afraid to knock it around as you would a bomber or a canvas trench. Meaning if there's rain in the forecast, don't sweat it—the suede will look even better a little weathered.

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