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Trending: Pink

When I learned that pink makes a comeback this season I was kind of hoping for the look pour l’instant to inspired by Mollie Ringwals’s character in Pretty in Pink, but sadly prom dresses are not going to be walking down the King’s Road this Winter. The must have, can’t live without piece is (drum roll please), the pink coat. The first time I spied the new fashion phenomenon was at Simone Rocha’s show in February. The coat in question, one which even Audrey Hepburn would have bought I think, sold out quicker than any One Direction teeny bopper concert. I know this as yours truly tried to buy it (the coat that is not the One Direction tickets).

Despite Autumn Winter being a season of all things dark, pink is set to change our perception of colour this season. And with the hour about to change shortly, bringing that time we all love – going to and from work in the dark – a little colour will do wonders to prevent SAD! To mark the occasion of my new favourite piece, I’m inventing a new hashtag – #candycolouredcoat which I have been using frequently on the TV this week, in the hope that it will not only trend, but enlighten the world to the wonders of pink coat.

These light shades are not always to everyone’s taste, but trust me, they are a lot more versatile than you think! One way to style this is to use dark colours as your base. My favourite look this week is a black mini skirt, chunky knit, with the coat draped casually over the shoulders. The options for this look are endless – swap the skirt for skinny jeans or cigarette pants; opt for a polo neck (á la AW13 from Issa) or try a knee length knit dress, something I spied at London Fashion Week in September. The main thing is warmth, so layering is the all-important trick. The coat needs to be the statement, so keep accessories to a minimum but perhaps try a hat as an alternative.

For the more brave, and those who are fans of Kim K, try her double denim look layered underneath the coat. Kim’s now famous coat worn at Paris Fashion Week is by Céline, and if you don’t want to splurge on the real thing, then MaxMara, Marks and Spencer and Studio Nicholson all have fantastic alternatives that won’t break the bank!

- Lorna Weightman

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