Even when an item is a perennial, there are subtle shifts in material, proportion and silhouette that move the piece forward and speak of the “now”. Such is the case with this season’s trench coat.  The newest must-have versions are boxy, with a straight, waistless shape. Firm fabrics or smooth leathers uphold the rectangular silhouette, and bellows pockets or flat-flaps echo the squared-off aesthetic. Sleeveless styles offer lots of options for easy layering. Most of the boxy trenches on the runways are minimalist, but Prada decorated the extended shoulders and flaps with an array of cabochons and colorful paillettes.

Joseph London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2018 London September 2017
Marta Jakubowski London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2018 London September 2017
MSGM Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2018 Milan September 2017
3 1 Phillip Lim New York Fashion Week Fall Winter 2017 NY September 2017
Gabriele Colangelo Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2018 Milan September 2017
Prada Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2018 Milan September 2017
Balenciaga’s 2017 square trenchcoat that started it all.
Demna Gvasalia’s square-shouldered coat for Balenciaga 2017
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