Winter is coming – and we’re braving it in a soft teddy bear coat. Madeleine has selected the most beautiful styles for you to shop
When Vogue Paris put top model Gisele Bündchen on the cover of its August issue in a plush Dries van Noten coat, it was clear that the teddy bear coat was going to become a trend piece. And that’s not the whole story: In addition to the cover, photographer duo Inez & Vinoodh (@inezandvinoodh) dedicated an entire spread to the winter must-have (only using fake fur, mind you) – and made a statement. Great!
A few weeks later, Veronika had already snatched up the fluffy Miu Miu coat from the aforementioned editorial to run around with during Paris Fashion Week. Photographers and followers alike were ecstatic.
But who else can actually manage to look both serious and beautiful in a gigantic fuzzy coat? No one – I thought. And then there’s the fact that shortly after Paris we were surprised by how many looks there were everywhere with jackets, coats, and shoes with teddy bear fur – and sometimes lamb. I had to think.
The need for warmth and cuddles grows in the cooler months (well observed). There’s not much laughter – the mood is rotten. So what could be so wrong about getting everything we miss on cold, dreary days from one item of clothing? Nothing. Although you should never project all of your hopes on just one object (and that goes for men as well as coats!), there should be exceptions.
In the Stone Age, our existence was still constantly threatened by sudden cold. Big, fluffy coats were important – the selection, mind you, was limited and getting fur was an arduous task. We’ve made great progress.
Today, everyone’s concern for us is moving. Miu Miu just created a whole palette of coats, books, and hats. And the excerpts from the prospective list for additional trend pieces for the winter season reads well: Prada and Burberry, Shrimps and Mango. The “teddy bear” styles happily come in warm, muted color tones and as a voluminous robe – and maybe even with a wink.
By the way, the German language Wikipedia entry for teddy bears states that they are “fluffy miniature replicas of bears, mostly with brown, beige, or golden fur.” According to the online reference, the dimensions vary from palm-sized to models of around a meter high. So much for the definition. If Veronika could ever transform herself, then it would definitely be into a teddy bear – she’d be almost perfect.
Translation: melissa Frost
Madeleine is a fashion journalist. For as long as she can remember she has been passionate about fashion and accessories, in particular cashmere sweaters and jewelry. After five years of working at Vogue Germany’s fashion department in Munich, she decided to encounter a new challenge and move to Berlin. Her role at hey woman! allows her to combine her passion for styling, creative directing and writing. Madeleine is also good at imitating a Swiss accent and trying to be a cook.