Discovering ‘Camel-lot’: AW10’s Camel Coats.

October 24, 2010
It’s not that often the disparate worlds men’s and womenswear collide but the coming of the Autumn/Winter 2010 season has seen a crossover of the camel coat kind, or ‘camel-lot’ as it’s been dubbed by the fashion press powers-that-be. With throwbacks to the 70s outerwear staple made at several of the most prominent womenswear shows (from Chloe to Lanvin, Aquascutum to Hussein Chalayan), designers’ collective penchant for beige has proved zealous enough to extend into the realm of menswear with everyone from British heritage heavyweight Dunhill to Italian luxe specialists Gucci getting in on the honey-hued action.
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^ Dunhill AW10

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^ Gucci AW10

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^ Raf Simons AW10

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^ Burberry Prorsum AW10

At the recent Milan womenswear shows Tommy Ton has been capturing the trickling of the trend from high-end catwalks right down to the streets, and the mac seems to be the most frequently opted for option, though I do appreciate the Milanese have probably been enjoying more amicable weather…
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For a while, like the author of this trend feature on Men’s Flair, I’ve been wondering whether such a pale colour would prove, well, a bit rotten against my Irish colouring, but I reckon I’m now beyond caring (blame a  recent visit to Dublin’s Lucy’s Lounge where I tried on a fairly basic, ill-fitting camel coat, which I didn’t actually buy, but kind of fell head over heels in love with) and just have to manage to somehow source the requisite finance to secure another addition to the outerwear section of my wardrobe. For those of you who don’t want to do too much sourcing, there are a few decent high-street options to choose from:
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^ Burton double-breasted peacoat – £140 (there are just 100 of these coats so get to it as when it’s gone, it’s gone!)

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^ Topman cropped trench coat – On sale at £30

Images from GQ, Topman, and Burton
  • Stephen October 24, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Last time I checked there were oodles of camel coats along the 'charity golden mile' through George's, Camden, and Aungier Streets and into Rathmines. Get it tailored, and then you're set. Just sayin'.

  • Upper Kut Blog October 24, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    There's a sleeveless camel duffle coat on the Topman website that you might think is cool. It's pretty amazing tbh.

  • Alan Li October 24, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    I need to get myself a camel coat this season. I really like the coat and styling by Burberry Prorsum but I fell in love with the over sized furry coat in that collection. But anyways, really great photos and well written

  • Josh Werner October 25, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Great post, love the camel color, gonna have to go get me the Gucci AW10.

  • Cillian October 26, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Stephen & Upper Kut: Cheers for recommendations. May go the thrifting route…Josh & Alan Li: Glad you enjoyed it! Yes, Chris Bailey seriously knows his camel.