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Friday, March 4, 2011

Bottom Coat, Top Coat

How much time do you spend on your coat selection in the morning?  Maybe you only have one coat and thereby it's going to go with everything, no matter what.  However, if you have several, then do you coordinate it with your outfit or do you not even care?  I think we do care for the most part.  I guess the only ones that didn't really care were your flashers of yore (for obvious reasons) unless it wasn't belted.  Well since we're no flashers, we realize the significance a complimentary topper can add to an otherwise dull outfit, similar to what shoes or accessories accomplish.  Several years ago, the duo Elisa Dahan and Eram Elfassy at the label Mackage realized the same thing but soon discovered what every outerwear designer does.  What lies beneath can steal the coat's thunder.  So since last season they've expanded with ready to wear in their collection of chic outerwear.



What Mackage has done is share their obsession with producing quality outerwear while now offering their pristeen construction skills and honed vision in a collection of complementary clothing for men and women to don underneath.  Fall 2011 offered up more of their tough well made toppers with a more sophisticated almost luxurious  appeal through the presence of various skins and furs.  They showed lots of leather here and there as assymetrical biker jackets, leggings, shorts, skirts and dresses.  Fur and shearling popped up on mens and womens coats, like elegant Mongolian trimmed coats, a fun cable knit vest for women, fitted sheepskin jackets and a cozy perfect pea coats and fur trimmed parkas for men.  The collection's ready to wear was peppered with dress up-dress down separates.  Women were offered fun printed and textured cocktail dresses, flirty feminine blouses and several boy-short options all in wonderful silks, leather and wool.  Men were presented with clean streamlined American sportswear by way of slim trousers, coordinating button-downs and shrunken blazers and knitwear.



Mackage has always been presented with a streamlined, pristine hand and a sprinkling of attentive detail.  Their foray into RTW has been a modest and necessary focus to support the core of their label's make up by adding completion to their outerwear.  I suppose this also means it'll take longer to dress in the morning too.


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