Like most of what I wear, this Delpozo coat was a love at first sight piece. I’m not really the girl you come to for capsule wardrobe advice. I AM the girl you come to for heart-stopping statement items! I subscribe to the theory that if you only buy what you really, really love, it will all go together, almost as if by magic. The passion for your style is the thread that keeps it together and makes it work. Back to this coat… Loud colour? Check. SERIOUSLY voluminous statement sleeves? Check. Looking both retro and modern at the same time? Check. On sale? Check. DELPOZO to boot? Add to cart, baby.
To me, this coat looks like something a 1950’s screen star would wear; it has that generous cocoon shape that was so popular back then. The bright shocking pink colour was also popular in the 50s. I’ve only recently come around to wearing baby pink, but this fuchsia or shocking pink has been in my wardrobe since the 1980s. It is one of my most favourite colours (like a cold red, really). Fashion is awash with deeply impractical statement sleeves these days, but I love the twist that these are on a coat rather than a blouse.
I decided not to wear any other colour today, and put a simple white shift dress underneath so the coat could do all the talking… or in this case, shouting. I wish I had some fuchsia shoes, but I settled for my trusty multicoloured go-with-everything glitter heels (glitter is a neutral in my world) which do have some fuchsia glitter in them. A matching fuchsia clutch and a fuchsia feather earring, and I was ready to go about my business and take some photos along the way.
Apologies for the Napoleon pose (eye roll). I blame the sleeves.
Now, the Spanish house of Delpozo has been around since the 1970s, but like Gucci, it has had a huge revival in the past few years since the genius Joseph Font was appointed as creative director. He is an architect by training, and you can really see that in his designs and in the materials he uses. He creates bold statement silhouettes, and the fabrics he uses are heavy and stiff so that they hold their shape. He is Spanish, and like the most famous Spanish couturier, Cristobal Balenciaga, the love of volume and drama seems to be in his DNA. In fact, this pink coat could almost pass for a vintage Balenciaga. Joseph Font embellishes like no other and uses sequins the size of golf balls, so it will not surprise you to know that I am positively loco for Delpozo. The Winter 2016 collection, full of colourful floral and sequin embellishment, is the one where I completely lost my mind. I mean, look at these gloves, and the shape of that coat. I might have screamed.
photo credit: Vogue
I’m crazy about coats like some people are crazy about handbags… probably because I live in a climate where I can wear one most months of the year. Since I love statement dressing, statement coats (like this and this) feature heavily in my closet. It makes me sad to cover up fabulous clothes with a boring coat. If you don’t own a statement coat that brings you joy, prowl the sales and see if you can find one. I’ve included a few of my top picks below. Choose something in your favourite colour(s), something that makes you stop and stare, and something with details you’ll never tire of. I’ll leave you with a few more photos of my favourite fuchsia find. Keep me posted if you fall in love with a statement coat in the sales like I did!
Here is a selection of statement coats, ALL in the sale, that have caught my eye lately. There aren’t many sizes left, as usual with sale items, so may luck be with you. The faux fur red white and black striped one is my favourite!