Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Warm as Toast

L. to r.: Black military jacket from Bogner, $1,595, at Neiman-Marcus, www.neimanmarcus.com; Super warm green Clair jacket from Moncler, $621.95, at Paragon Sports, 867 Broadway/18th Street, 212-255-8036 or www.paragonsports.com; 52-inch-long white North Face Triple C coat, $299, at Bloomingdale’s, 212-705-2000 or www.bloomingdale’s.com; Shiny French nylon Clair jacket with bend neck with snap closure from Moncler, $645, at Saks Fifth Avenue, 212-753-2311 or www.saksfifthavenue.com.
by Ki Hackney

One of my colleagues at NYSD shivers, and her lips turn blue, at the mention of winter; whereas I’m one of those hot-and-cold types when it’s brisk outside. And now that it’s really cold, we have to make sure that we have a nice, warm coat.

Down will do it, as will some of the new, very high-end man-made linings that are as warm as feathers, without the bulk.
Clockwise from top left: Shiny brown three-quarter length down jacket from Marc New York, $195, at Bloomingdale’s, 212-705-2000 or www.bloomingdale’s.com.

St. John’s black black down coat with tonal fox fur shawl collar and cuffs; $1,195, at Neiman Marcus, www.neimanmarcus.com.

Quilted satin down coat from Laundry by Shelli Segal; $199, at Bloomingdale’s, 212-705-2000 or www.bloomingdale’s.com.

Hilary Radley’s lightweight down jacket that reverses from black to brown; $160, at Bloomingdale’s, 212-705-2000 or www.bloomingdale’s.com.

Bogner’s gold jacket with rhinestone-studded hood and collar; $1,899, at Neiman-Marcus, www.neimanmarcus.com.

Knee-length Metropolis jacket from North Face; $279, at Bloomingdale’s, 212-705-2000 or www.bloomingdale’s.com.
Remember Norma Kamali’s puffy Sleeping Bag coats that reversed from one color to the other? They, or their look-alikes, are still around, including mine, which gave me a cozy double-bed look when I was pregnant.

Before the era of skiwear as everydaywear, Norma’s coats were the lightest, warmest, chicest coats in town. Knee-skimming or ankle-length, A-line cardigans in style, they were revolutionary.
Above, l. to r.: Bright blue Bergerac jacket from Moncler, $575.95; Long, black Madeline coat from Moncler, $935; Fitted white Yara-D jacket from Bogner, $798.95. All available at Paragon Sports, 867 Broadway/18th Street, 212-255-8036 or paragonsports.com.
Above, left: Marmot's Glacier parka is double-layered, waterproof, breathable, with a down hood, and more, $359.95, at Paragon Sports, 867 Broadway/18th Street, 212-255-8036 or www.paragonsports.com.

Above, right:
North Face's Catalyst jacket has performance fit and is insulated with down fill, $248.95, at Paragon Sports, 867 Broadway/18th Street, 212-255-8036 or www.paragonsports.com.
L. to r.: Brown stretch Soft Shell jacket from Postcard; $704.95; Hi neck Patriot SV jacket for men from Arc’teryx, $549.95; Fashionably fitted black Transit Jacket from North Face, $228.95.

All available at Paragon Sports, 867 Broadway/18th Street, 212-255-8036 or www.paragonsports.com.
On a hunt for extra-warm, twenty-first-century styles, we looked uptown and downtown (as far as way-West 14th Street, that is) to see what’s out there. Even the puffiest down coats seem to have some kind of shape, and the shapelier the more stylish.

The most amusing ones are the fitted, ankle-length tubes that look so other-worldly hobbling down the sidewalk, but they keep you toasty in a Nor’easter like the one we had yesterday.
Left to right: Postcard's chocolate coat with removable marmutto collar, $1795; Postcard's pewter coat with removable rabbit collar, $1375; Postcard's champagne jacket with removable raccoon fur, $1275. All have newest man-made honeycomb insulation to keep them trim and are available at Massimo Bizzocchi, 433 West 14th Street, 212.675.4055 or www.massbizz.com.
The majority, however, are waist, hip, thigh or near-the-knee in length. Brown is the new black, red or white the bright lights, and metallics/shine are as modern as black is forever. While we stayed away from fur – real or fake – for this story, we noticed quite a few fur trims; practical as well as luxurious.

Hoping that you Stay Warm and have a Happy Holiday Season.
Above: Two long, warm Karidah down coats with high, stand-up collar from Theory; $575 (l.) & on sale for $321 (r.), at Saks Fifth Avenue, 212-753-2311 or www.saksfifthavenue.com.
Top left: Burberry’s satin puff jacket with stand-up collar, in red or black, $595; Moncler’s water repellent, iridescent taffeta Irene parka with fur-trimmed hood and logo belt, $1,325.

Above, left: Ralph Lauren hooded toddler’s jacket, $90.04.

All available at Saks Fifth Avenue, 212-753-2311 or www.saksfifthavenue.com.
Left : Andrew Marc stadium coat with both zip and flap pockets, $895.

Center: Andrew Marc Swipe Down coat with Raccoon trim on hood, in sporty aluminum & also in black, on sale for $416.50.

Right: Moncler’s Damien down jacket with removable rabbit fur collar, $1,275.

All available at Saks Fifth Avenue, 212-753-2311 or www.saksfifthavenue.com.