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Save 20% Off Charlotte Tilbury Makeup and Skin Care Products During Sephora’s Beauty Insider Sale Today

Save 20% Off Charlotte Tilbury Makeup and Skin Care Products During Sephora’s Beauty Insider Sale Today

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Breaking beauty news alert: Beauty Insiders can score 20% off the newest Charlotte Tilbury products at Sephora with code GETGIFTING. (If you’re not a Beauty Insider, it’s free to sign up.) The surprise Sephora sale includes markdowns on nearly all skin care, hair care, and makeup products through Sunday, December 11. But we’ll be taking advantage of the discounts on Charlotte Tilbury’s just-launched lipsticks, firming face creams, and beauty gift set specials before they sell out — and trust us, they will.

During Black Friday, Cyber Week, and beyond, Sephora is the spot for the best beauty gifts. The retailer has items that’ll make any mom, girlfriend, or BFF smile. Sephora has select sales throughout the year, and Beauty Insiders get top discounts: You’ll get access to their annual Beauty Insider Sale every spring, summer, and fall, plus year-round perks like free shipping on must-haves like hair dryer brushes, hydrating serums, setting powders, and so much more.

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Charlotte Tilbury is one of the most coveted beauty brands available at Sephora, with more viral moments than we can count on both hands. Whether you’re after an eyeshadow and lipstick set, a last-all-day foundation, or a cloud-like face cream, Charlotte Tilbury has it all. The brand rarely goes on sale, so take full advantage of discounts right now: You can stock up on stocking stuffers, find full-fledged gifts, and nab makeup bag essentials for yourself (everyone needs Pillow Talk lipstick in their rotation this holiday season). Below, the best Charlotte Tilbury finds to shop before the Beauty Insider sale ends — just don’t forget to use code GETGIFTING at checkout.

The 20 Best Women’s Winter Coats and Jackets to Snuggle Into This Cold Weather Season

The 20 Best Women’s Winter Coats and Jackets to Snuggle Into This Cold Weather Season

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Winter coats and jackets for women are those seasonal necessities you can’t live without. Like timeless leather pants, cozy pajamas, or a warm sweater dress, the best outerwear provides warmth, and versatility and, nowadays, can be downright fashion-forward. Offering a stylish finishing touch to any cold-weather ensemble, the best winter coats are truly your most important buy of the season. However, let’s not forget the real reason for wearing a coat. 

Kate Bellman, the Managing Fashion Editor at Nordstrom, tells WWD Shop, “Coats and jackets are probably the single most important purchase for the winter months because they are that essential item that adds both function and fashion to your wardrobe.” She continues, “It’s important that we stay warm (and dry!) throughout the winter season, so finding the right one based on your environment is important.” Based on where you are living or perhaps a trip you might be taking, your search for winter outerwear may look a bit different from another. 

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Tim Hamilton, VP/Head of Global Creative at The North Face, agrees, telling us, “Jackets provide both outer layer protection against the elements, as well as an immediate expression of style. The best jackets offer style, warmth, performance, and versatility in wear.” The elements can really dictate the kind of coat you might be searching for, depending on your needs. 

“A women’s coat is also a forever piece, so it makes sense that it’s such a considered purchase and worth spending the time to find the right one,” Bellman states. “Even though we want to look chic and stylish in our coats, they also need to be useful as we move throughout our lives commuting or participating in winter activities. Two essential details for me are always a hood and functional pockets. I rarely consider a coat without both or either.” This return to a function-first mindset is being seen across the board. 

“We’re seeing a return to classic, trusted design elements from outdoor performance outerwear,” Hamilton says. “Consumers want technical performance capabilities that feed into the style component.” Overall, consumers are looking for products that offer fashion and function all at the same time. Because of this, many brands have started investing in this demand and focusing their outerwear efforts on the best technology, fabrics, and resources to create the best products. 

Functionality is, at the core, the one common component that must be considered in your hunt for the best women’s winter coat or jacket. Still, when it comes to the look and style of things, Bellman tells us, “a big trend in outerwear this season reflects that of fashion in general, which is a bright, bold color. Most of us already have a neutral coat, but this season, electrifying color adds a great refresh across all outerwear styles.” Investing in something with color will breathe new life into your coat closet and break up the doldrums, bringing a refreshing twist to this year’s investment.  

Below, keep scrolling to find the best winter coats and jackets for women to buy now, along with expert tips for what to look for in a warm winter coat and the different types on the market that you can choose from.

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Top Winter Coats and Jackets for Women 2022

Apparis Catalina Faux Leather & Shearling Bomber Jacket
Best Faux Shearling Winter Jacket for Women

Sizes: XS-XXL 
Colorways: Black and white 
Fabric: 100% polyethylene with 100% polyester faux shearling     

Apparis is known for its fashionable faux fur designs, and this leather bomber style, complete with faux shearling trim on the collar, pocket, and cuff, makes for a stylish jacket that will look cool while protecting you from the elements. It has an oversized fit with plenty of room for layers, from your favorite fitted turtleneck to a chunky cashmere crew. Wear with your favorite jeans for a sleek, city-chic look that will go from day to night effortlessly. 

Apparis Catalina Faux Leather & Shearling Bomber Jacket $500 Buy Now

The North Face Women’s Summit Series Pumori Down Parka
Best High-Performance Puffer Winter Jacket for Women 

Sizes: XS-XL 
Colorways: Red   
Fabric: 100% recycled nylon with non-PFC durable water-repellent (non-PFC DWR) finish   
Special features: 800 fill ProDown with water repellency; certified to the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) by Control Union

“Another current favorite for those extra cold temperatures is our Summit Series Pumori Down Parka,” Hamilton says. “This product’s Cloud Down construction helps increase overall warmth but offers light carry and packability.” Featuring an 800-fill pro-down, this lightweight puffer will keep you extremely warm and dry. It’s also small enough to be packed in a suitcase and has a helmet-compatible hood and adjustable internal cinch cord to ensure the right fit.

The North Face Women’s Summit Series Pumori Down Parka $650 Buy Now

Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket   
Best Mid-Length Winter Coat for Women

Sizes: XXS-5X  
Colorways: 13 colorways, including beige, black, gray, green, navy, red, yellow, khaki camo and green camo   
Fabric: 100% polyester; Body/Sleeve Filler: 90% duck down, 10% duck feather     
Special features: Polyester with a density 60% higher than usual in the market. It has excellent windproof and warm-keeping quality  

Amazon’s viral Orolay coat doesn’t show signs of losing its caché anytime soon. Still one of the favorite outerwear purchases on the site, the Thickened Down Jacket has a warm, fleece-lined hood, special side zippers, and lots of pockets to create this cute and casual coat that will keep you warm when outside facing the elements. Hitting below the hip, it offers coverage and practicality, offering excellent windproof and warm-keeping qualities. Available in a variety of colorways, there is something for everyone.

What reviewers say: “I have had this jacket for one year now, and I love it! It still looks like new, and I have used it to death. It fits great, and by great, I mean the sleeves, cuffs, and bottom of the jacket fit perfectly, but the body of the jacket allows for layers underneath. The hood is amazing, soft, and super warm. The jacket also has a ton of pockets. You do not need a purse when wearing this jacket.” 

Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket    $149.99 Buy Now

Mackage Women’s Mai Coat  
Best Wool Winter Coat for Women

Sizes: XXS-XL  
Colorways: Camel  
Fabric: 100% wool     

Mackage has been perfecting luxury outerwear since 1999, and their classic Mai coat does not miss the mark. Made from 100% wool, the double-faced, oversized silhouette drapes perfectly on every body shop. Designed with an oversized shawl collar and easy belted tie-waist, the coat is practical, versatile, and fashion-forward. The smart design goes well with everything from knit dresses and heeled boots to jeans and chunky boots for a more casual approach. 

Mackage Women’s Mai Coat   $950 Buy Now

Moose Knuckles Women’s Belle Cote Down Parka 
Best Long Puffer Winter Coat for Women  

Sizes: XS-XL 
Colorways: Black 
Fabric: 100% nylon shell and 90% down/10% feather fill     
Special features: Removable hood and drawcord-toggle waist 

If you’re looking for something that will flatter your figure but keep you toasty, this calf-hitting puffer coat is the one. The drawcord-toggle waist will nip in at the waistline, so you don’t feel like you’re wearing a full-on sleeping bag. The medium weight will ensure you don’t overheat through whatever elements are in store. Extra add-ons include a versatile two-way zipper, a removable hood, and a puffed collar for added warmth. Wear yours for everyday warmth with everything from sweats to floral dresses.

Moose Knuckles Women’s Belle Cote Down Parka  $1090 Buy Now

Stand Studio Maria Coat 
Best Fashionable Winter Coat for Women

Sizes: 32-44FR  
Colorways: Mint/Off White Check 
Fabric: 80% polyester/20% wool shell and 100% polyester fill   

Stand Studio is a Copenhagen-based brand specializing in outerwear, all with a unique, Scandinavian touch. The plush Maria coat is made from heavyweight, non-stretch faux fur and fits oversized for a cool-girl spin on the sherpa trend. Made with a mint green and cream grid print pattern, this cozy option will be great for days when you want to make a statement. From casual to dressy, wear yours for a stylish alternative to your classic menswear coat.

Stand Studio Maria Coat  $695 Buy Now

Canada Goose Everleigh Bomber Performance Satin Jacket  
Best Bomber Winter Jacket for Women

Sizes: 2XS-3XL  
Colorways: Willow grey, black, white, quicksand, and stillwater blue 
Fabric: Made from performance satin and 625 fill power 
Special features: Water-repellent and responsibly sourced duck down used in fill 

When you are looking for something sporty and simple, Canada Goose’s Everleigh bomber jacket melds both elements for a stylish, casual option. The classic coat hits at hip length and is offered in their ultra-soft Performance Satin, a midweight, water-repellent fabric designed with performance and durability in mind. The weight of this jacket is best for temperatures ranging from 14°F to -4°F and is also entirely fur-free.

What reviewers say: “Love Love it!!!! Love the large hood for blustery days. It’s so warm!!!! Had lots of compliments.”

Canada Goose Everleigh Bomber Performance Satin Jacket   $1150 Buy Now

Musier Paris Myriam Velvet Trench Coat  
Best Winter Trench Coat for Women

Sizes: 34-42FR  
Colorways: Brown 
Fabric: 89% polyester, 9% nylon, 2% elastane    

When temps are above freezing, a classic trench in a corduroy material is ideal for commuting to the office or out-of-office meetings when a little polish is needed. Musier Paris’ velvet trench blends your favorite coat shape with an iconic cold weather-appropriate fabric for a totally ‘70s feeling in the best ways. This coat has an oversized shape, belted waist, and classic trench silhouette and is easy to layer and style with anything in your closet. Wear yours with winter whites for an afternoon coffee date or a winter floral dress for a slightly more elevated look.

Patagonia Women’s Recycled High-Pile Fleece Down Jacket

Best Fleece Winter Jacket for Women

Sizes: XS-XL 
Colorways: Oyster White and Bearfoot tan  
Fabric: 100% recycled polyester ½”-pile fleece, insulated with 700-fill-power Recycled Down     
Special features: Lined with 100% recycled polyester ripstop to block cold and wind and Fair Trade Certified™ sewn  

If you are looking for something that will be eco-conscious yet still keep you extremely warm, Patagonia’s Recycled High-Pile Fleece Down Jacket is your best bet. Made from ultra-warm recycled polyester and insulated with recycled down, this is a style you can feel good about investing in from head to toe. The asymmetrical front shawl collar design and raglan sleeves keep things modern and fresh. The boxy fit hits hip length and is great for a day of errands or a casual adventure. 

What reviewers say: “This fleece is extremely cozy and has a great fit all around. Perfect for super cold days with lots of layers.”

Patagonia Women’s Recycled High-Pile Fleece Down Jacket $299 Buy Now

Perfect Moment Women’s 2 Layer Sub-Peak Jacket 
Best Ski Jacket for Women

Sizes: XS-L   
Colorways: Navy and black  
Fabric: 90% polyester, 10% polyurethane    
Special features: RECCO System Reflector, which makes you searchable to the rescuers should rescue be needed  

Perfect Moment is known for their high-quality skiwear, ensuring a design that works in snowy, rainy, and dry conditions. This jacket offers two-layer insulation, four-way stretch, and 3D mesh shoulder protection, all for a highly technical approach to dressing for the elements. Other features include an internal balaclava, cuffs, a goggle pocket, and an adjustable hood for extra warmth and protection. This jacket needn’t be reserved for only the ski lift either. Its many high-tech functions will prove high-powered on the street as well.

Perfect Moment Women’s 2 Layer Sub-Peak Jacket  $1250 Buy Now

Topshop Faux Leather Trench Coat
Best Faux Leather Trench Coat for Women

Sizes: 4-12 
Colorways: Black 
Fabric: 100% polyurethane     
Special features: Machine washable 

Upgrade your favorite spring coat shape to a winterized version by choosing a faux-leather version, like this Topshop style. The faux leather structure will ward off the winter wind factors, all while keeping you on-trend. This trench has a chocolate brown hue and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Pair yours with a holiday dress for your next cocktail party or jeans and a sweater for a day of shopping.

What reviewers say: “Loved the feel, but my usual size (6-8) was huge!”

Topshop Faux Leather Trench Coat 167  $133.6 Buy Now

Baum Und Pferdgarten Dua Oversize Puffer Jacket 
Best Belted Winter Jacket for Women

Sizes: XS-L  
Colorways: Red  
Fabric: 100% recycled nylon with 100% polyester fill 
Special features: Made from recycled materials 

High-volume color is a must for this season, and Baum Und Pferdgarten’s oversized puffer jacket in bold red checks off all the boxes in terms of function and design. Made from shiny, vibrant recycled nylon, the puffed coat features a flattering waist belt and deep front pockets to hold your phone, credit card, keys, and more. The sporty style can be dressed up with heels and a festive skirt for your next holiday gathering or simply worn for an apres ski lunch on your next winter getaway.

Baum Und Pferdgarten Dua Oversize Puffer Jacket  $439  $263.40 Buy Now
Isabel Marant Étoile Gabriel Coat
Best Plaid Winter Coat for Women

Sizes: 32-44FR 
Colorways: Ecru and anthracite 
Fabric: 63% wool/33% polyester/4% other fibers     

A tailored wool coat is a mainstay in every closet. Try Isabel Marant Étoile’s blanket coat, cut from a seasonal plaid printed fabric, to make yours that much more standout. It’s an ideal topper when you want to look a little more pulled together without carrying too much bulk. The knee-length coat has an easy button front, side slits, and relaxed collar and shoulder design for that effortless take on French dressing. Throw a coordinating scarf and your favorite beanie atop for a no-frills winter look.

Isabel Marant Étoile Gabriel Coat  $695 Buy Now
Aritzia The Super Puff₂O Long Coat 
Best Women’s Winter Coat for Extreme Cold

Sizes: 3XS-XL  
Colorways: 11 colorways including forest pine green, modern taupe, marble grey, dark moss green, seagrass green, rich mocha brown, truffle, elegant charcoal, gunmetal green, black and total eclipse  
Fabric: 100% polyamide; Back coating: polyurethane; Lining: 100% polyamide; Cuffs: 81% nylon, 19% elastane; Fill: 90% goose down, 10% goose feathers    
Special features: 100% responsibly sourced goose down, certified to the Responsible Down Standard, and 100% waterproof fabric 

By now, you most likely have heard about Aritzia’s Super Puff outerwear collection. This season, they have upgraded their iconic goose-down puffers to be entirely waterproof. This long winter coat for women has all the bells and whistles you need to get through the coldest months ahead. It has high-tech features, including water and windproof fabric and side slit snap closures. It delivers warmth up to -40°F, making it the warmest winter coat for women. So, jump on this highly coveted style before it sells out.

Aritzia The Super Puff₂O Long Coat  $450 Buy Now
Ganni Quilted Ripstop Coat 
Best Quilted Winter Coat for Women 

Sizes: 4-14   
Colorways: Teak  
Fabric: 100% recycled polyester    
Special features: Made from recycled materials   

“A quilted jacket is a timeless style that is the workhorse of my wardrobe,” Bellman tells WWD Shop. “It’s as seamless to wear on the weekends casually or transition to more dressed-up occasions. There are a lot of modern silhouettes in stores this season, so there truly is a version for everyone.” Bellman’s current pick? This boxy coat from Scandinavian It-brand Ganni. This is an outerwear option you will reach for time and again, featuring plenty of fashion-forward details like the oversized, inverted pleat swallowtail collar and notched side hem. 

Ganni Quilted Ripstop Coat  $475 Buy Now
Christopher Kane Double Breasted Coat  
Best Menswear-Inspired Winter Coat for Women

Sizes: 2-12 
Colorways: Grey 
Fabric: Outer: 90% virgin wool, 8% cashmere, 2% elastane; Inner: 100% viscose 
Special features: Gold-tone metal chain embellishment at back  

Invest in this Christopher Kane double-breasted wool menswear style as an option to wear through the years with style and substance. The traditional cut receives a modern-day treatment with a delicate chain belt that trims the waist, making for a unique touch that still feels refined. Deep front pockets keep your hands warm when needed, while the below-knee-length hemline keeps you covered on inclement-weather days. Wear yours for work or play, you will find it to be that versatile.

Christopher Kane Double Breasted Coat   $2245 Buy Now
Lululemon Pack It Down Jacket
Best Lightweight Winter Coat for Women

Sizes: 0-14  
Colorways: Green jasper, pomegranate, cassis and black 
Fabric: 85% nylon, 15% elastane body and 85% grey goose down/ 15% grey goose feathers fill 
Special features: Water-resistant, Diamond Stretch™ fabric and 100% of down is certified to the Responsible Down Standard (RDS)

Winter brings on a lot of layering, and Lululemon’s Pack It Down Jacket makes for the ideal in-between piece that can be worn as a standalone jacket or layered up with your other favorite coats for optimum warmth. Made from their signature, water-resistant Diamond Stretch fabric, you won’t need to worry about rain, snow, and more when wearing this slim-fit style. It sits just below the bum, offering coverage for those who might feel more comfortable. Hidden phone sleeves, a removable hood, and an included stuff sack add to the wide range of diverse extras, making for a well-rounded option. 

What reviewers say: “I love this jacket! It doesn’t get super cold here (Northern CA), so the jacket is perfect. Fits great, has a little stretch, and sits at just the right length. I washed it, and it looked good as new after a gentle cycle and low dryer.”

Lululemon Pack It Down Jacket  $198 Buy Now
Columbia Women’s Whirlibird IV Interchange Jacket
Best Shell Winter Jacket for Women

Sizes: XS-XXL   
Colorways: 9 colorways including marionberry crossdye, nocturnal look-up print, chalk aurelian print, white terrain print, white lookup print, cirrus grey crossdye, dark nocturnal, black crossdye and nocturnal aurelian print    
Fabric: Legacy Dobby 72% nylon, 28% polyester shell  
Special features: Omni-Heat™ reflective lining and Thermarator™ 100% polyester insulation 

True to Columbia’s versatile designs, the Whirlibird IV Interchange jacket features removable layers that can be added or removed depending on your needs. The Omni-Tech waterproof capabilities ensure that you will remain dry no matter the condition, and the Thermarator Insulation ensures extreme warmth. It’s a great option for days on the slopes or other outdoor winter activities and will make you feel fully protected and comfortable. 

What reviewers say: “I love this jacket! It fits great and is comfortable. I really like the inside synthetic jacket as well! Great ski jacket option and converts if it’s warmer outside. I recommend it!”.

Columbia Women’s Whirlibird IV Interchange Jacket $230 Buy Now

The North Face Women’s 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket 
Best Plus Size Winter Coat for Women

Sizes: 1X-3X   
Colorways: Black, harbor blue, dark oak, and wasabi   
Fabric: 100% recycled nylon ripstop with non-PFC durable water-repellent (non-PFC DWR) finish and 700 goose down fill 
Special features: Certified by the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) and made with recycled materials 

“I, of course, have to recommend The North Face Nuptse,” Hamilton says. “An icon in its own right. The Nuptse was the first of its kind to prioritize performance that could stand up in the mountains, but with timeless iconic style fit for city streets.” Available in both regular and plus sizes for women, this jacket receives The North Face’s highest warmth rating with 700-fill down, a waterproof finish, and a removable hood. A classic with good reason, the oversized fit is inspired by the brand’s iconic streetwear design from the ‘90s. 

What reviewers say: “Unbelievably warm, able to pack it in my big pocketbook as I’m shopping or driving, for storage!”

The North Face Women’s 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket  $320 Buy Now

Nobis Gibson Ladies Reversible Oversized Puffer  
Best Printed Winter Coat for Women

Sizes: XXS-XXL 
Colorways: White floral and plain chalk/atomic, fawn, black, marine and chalk  
Fabric: Premium 3-Ply Micro Denier to Premium Lightweight Nobis DP Nylon fabrication     
Special features: Contains lower impact materials with sustainability attributes, including bluesign® approved and Standard 100 by OEKO-TEXT certified materials 

Windproof, waterproof, and seam-sealed, Nobis’ Gibson for women is a high-functioning coat made to withstand the elements. Offered with a lifetime warranty, this cute winter coat for women is a purchase you can feel good about investing in. Featuring a Sympatex membrane to seal out any water and Durable Water Repellent to repel moisture, you’ll be sure to stay dry. Another great design function is the reversible element, so when you tire of the soft white floral print, you can turn it into a black winter coat for women.

Nobis Gibson Ladies Reversible Oversized Puffer   $1095 Buy Now

What to Look for in a Winter Coat for Women

Insulation Type: “When shopping for the right down parka or puffer jacket, it’s important to understand what level of fill-down you need,” Bellman explains. “The higher the number, the warmer the jacket.” Hamilton adds, “I’d also look for jackets created with responsibly sourced or recycled down.”  

Coverage: “Seek fit and function, and for me, the right ‘fit’ means a comfortable fit with room to layer,” Hamilton says. “You should also factor in decisions about purchasing cropped or waist length based on your warmth needs. For example, you’ll need ¾ or longer for full body warmth.” Bellman adds, “When it comes to long coats, I also look for dual options of both snaps and a zipper in case I don’t want to close the full length.”    

Quality: “Quality is key when it comes to jackets, so you’ll want to look for a timeless design from a trusted brand that knows how to make great outerwear,” Hamilton points out. “The best outerwear brands should also be able to produce the same high-quality jackets more sustainably, so if there is an option, I would also recommend looking for sustainably-sourced jackets when possible.”  

Style: “If I had to boil it down to the most essential coats to have in your wardrobe, they are a cold-weather down parka, a casual quilted jacket, and a midi to long-length wool coat,” Bellman says. “With winter weather becoming more unpredictable, it is key to have options,” Hamilton adds. “I recommend a capsule of high quality, top performance jackets ranging from a light shell for the rain to varied insulated weights for colder temperatures.” Additionally, once you have secured your go-to winter coat, experiment with different hues such as green, navy, and white winter coats for women.

The Different Types of Winter Jackets and Coats for Women

Puffer Jackets for Women: From mild to moderate, puffer coats and jackets are essential to every climate.  From styles that are lightweight and packable, lending themselves to be great for travel or when extra layers are needed, to full force parkas with high down count and cushiony layers, there are a variety of types to find the perfect one for you. 

Women’s Leather Jackets: Leather is a quintessential cold-weather material that is generally worn when temperatures are not subzero. It can make for a great going-out jacket or coat or can be layered with a liner for more warmth on chillier days. Bellman suggests a leather trench coat, telling us, “Leather is also a chic update to the classic trench silhouette.”  

Sherpa/Faux Fur Coats for Women: Faux fur and sherpas have been on consumers’ minds for the last few seasons due to their cozy and fuzzy nature and have become a must-have in every closet. From teddy jackets to longer, full-length styles, this is always a classic choice.  

Women’s Shell Jackets: Whether rain, shine, ski, or beyond, shell jackets will protect you from the elements without being too bulky. Its versatility makes it a great piece for the in-between months, often being waterproof. Look for fleece and down linings if you need something with a bit more heat. 

Tailored Wool Coats for Women: “The wool coat is a classic investment piece that is the singular elevated essential of your wardrobe,” Bellman proclaims. “This style makes a great wear-to-work coat, as well as for winter holidays. Timeless and tailored, these coats add a lot of refinement to a well-wounded coat closet.” 

Meet the Experts

Kate Bellman started with Nordstrom in November 2012, and after a decade with the company, has held roles in the Designer Digital Merchandising area, as a Fashion Director for Footwear, and now as her current role as Head of Editorial for fashion campaigns and content. 
Tim Hamilton has been with The North Face for more than five years, leading the brand’s creative vision and direction for its innovative product design. Tim Hamilton is also an American fashion designer known for minimalist sportswear. Previously, he launched his own menswear label in 2006. He is a three-time CFDA nominee and the winner of the 2009 CFDA/Swarovski Award for Menswear.

Meet the Author 

Kristina Rutkowski is a New York-based freelance writer and editor focusing on fashion. She was previously the Senior Fashion Market Editor at InStyle, covering everything trends and shopping. She has also worked in the fashion departments at Self and Glamour. Her bylines have appeared on,,, and Editing fashion throughout her career, she has been able to see, try and research the best brands available today. 

Demna Apologizes for Ad Campaign Depicting Children

Demna Apologizes for Ad Campaign Depicting Children

The designer at the center of the Balenciaga ad scandal has broken his silence.
In a post Friday on Demna’s Instagram account, which counts 373,000 followers, Balenciaga’s creative director writes: “I want to personally apologize for the wrong artistic choice of concept for the gifting campaign with the kids and I take my responsibility. It was inappropriate to have kids promote objects that have nothing to do with them.”

The Georgian designer, who is prone to provocation and subversion in his designs, runway shows and communications, was referring to Balenciaga’s holiday campaign featuring children posing alongside handbags shaped like stuffed bears dressed in bondage gear.

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The ads sparked outrage on social media, with some consumers destroying Balenciaga products, urging boycotts and calling for the designer’s ouster. Last week, Kim Kardashian said she was “reevaluating” her relationship with the brand, saying she was “shaken by the disturbing images.”

On Friday the British Fashion Council confirmed that, after speaking to Balenciaga, “the brand has decided not to attend” the Fashion Awards in London on Monday, Dec. 5.

Demna was originally a candidate for Designer of the Year, alongside peers including Miuccia Prada and Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino. The BFC confirmed that his name is no longer on the list for the award which is voted on by more than 1,000 international industry figures.

“I need to learn from this, listen and engage with child protection organizations to know how I can contribute and help on this terrible subject,” Demna’s post read. “As much as I would sometimes like to provoke a thought through my work, I would NEVER have an intention to do that with such an awful subject as child abuse that I condemn. Period.

“I apologize to anyone offended by the visuals and Balenciaga has guaranteed that adequate measures will be taken not only to avoid similar mistakes in the future but also to take accountability in protecting child welfare in every way we can.”

Comments are disabled on the post, the only one on Demna’s feed, and it garnered a little over 10,000 likes after a few hours.

The designer made no mention of a second campaign that has also brought a firestorm of criticism and a lawsuit against the production companies involved.

That fashion campaign, for the spring 2023 collection, depicted actresses Nicole Kidman and Isabelle Huppert in a business environment. In one photo of a handbag, there is a page in the background from the Supreme Court ruling “United States v. Williams” 2008, which confirms as illegal and not protected by freedom of speech the promotion of child pornography.

Kidman is facing heavy criticism for her silence over the ads, which she promoted to her 8.7 million Instagram followers.

Balenciaga has issued several statements stressing it condemned child abuse and never intended for “it to be included in our narrative.”

“The two separate ad campaigns in question reflect a series of grievous errors for which Balenciaga takes responsibility.” The fashion house said it is “laying the groundwork with organizations who specialize in child protection and aims at ending child abuse and exploitation.” It did not provide details of what its efforts might involve, however.

One statement detailed: “The first campaign, the Gift collection campaign, featured children with plush bear bags dressed in what some have labelled BDSM-inspired outfits,” the brand said. “Our plush bear bags and the Gift collection should not have been featured with children. This was a wrong choice by Balenciaga, combined with our failure in assessing and validating images. The responsibility for this lies with Balenciaga alone.

“The second, separate campaign for spring 2023, which was meant to replicate a business office environment, included a photo with a page in the background from a Supreme Court ruling ‘United States v. Williams’ 2008, which confirms as illegal and not protected by freedom of speech the promotion of child pornography. All the items included in this shooting were provided by third parties that confirmed in writing that these props were fake office documents. They turned out to be real legal papers most likely coming from the filming of a television drama. The inclusion of these unapproved documents was the result of reckless negligence for which Balenciaga has filed a complaint. We take full accountability for our lack of oversight and control of the documents in the background and we could have done things differently.”

Balenciaga is said to be initially seeking $25 million in damages through its legal action against production company North Six Inc. and set designer Nicholas Des Jardins.

North Six logistically managed the campaign in the office setting, but it was not involved with the Gift Collection campaign featuring the questionable teddy bears.

Fashion casting director Piergiorgio Del Moro, who counts more than half a million followers on Instagram, said in a post earlier Friday that he stands with North Six and des Jardins.

“It is troubling to see a fashion house knowingly deflect blame on the hired production company to avoid responsibility for its own creative decisions,” he wrote. “Clients are on the set and are responsible for all approvals through and, most importantly, have final say before all images are released to the public.

“Production does not create the vision but works to serve clients and bring to life their vision, ot contribute their own,” he continues. “Everybody in the fashion industry knows how closely brands create, test, define and safeguard their image, including micro-managing all media associated with such imagery. I stand by the community to ensure that blaming production companies for the fallout and problems associated with vision and image does not become the norm and hope that Balenciaga will see to it that North Six’s name is properly cleared.”

Balenciaga said investigations are continuing internally and externally, but in the meantime it is revising its working methods and organization and putting new controls in place around its creative processes and “validation steps.” 

C.D. Peacock Names Qi Holtzman New V.P.

C.D. Peacock Names Qi Holtzman New V.P.

C.D. Peacock, Chicago’s first business and oldest jeweler, named Qi Holtzman as its Vice President of Client Engagement and Experience. In her new position, Holtzman will conceptualize and build the retailer’s personalized services.
Qi Holtzman is C.D. Peacock’s new Vice President of Engagement and Experience.
“Qi’ s artistic, multicultural, multilingual, and international background make her the perfect person to reinforce and expand our relationships with the local communities who trust us with the meaningful purchases in their lives,” says Olivier Stip, C.D. Peacock’s president.  
“She will be the closest touchpoint that our clientele will have to the C.D. Peacock brand and will support the efforts of our sales teams by enhancing the experience and deepening the relationship,” adds Adam Woitkowski, the retailer’s vice president of retail.
C.D. Peacock rendering of its mansion at Oakbrook Center opening in 2023.
C.D. Peacock operates three boutique locations in Woodfield Mall, Westfield Old Orchard, and Oakbrook Center—where its “Mansion in the Clouds” flagship is planned to open in Fall 2023. For more information, visit

Oris Fires Up a 3D-Printed Case for Limited Edition

Oris Fires Up a 3D-Printed Case for Limited Edition

Oris teams with Canadian aerial firefighters Coulson Aviation to create the Coulson Limited Edition, a Big Crown ProPilot watch with an unusual 3D-printed carbon fiber case and a fiery gradient orange dial.
The Oris Coulson Limited Edition, a Big Crown ProPilot watch with an unusual 3D-printed carbon fiber case.
Oris created the 41mm case with the assistance of Switzerland’s ETH Zurich university (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology). Researchers there utilized a high-grade polymer PEKK developed for the aerospace industry. Technicians weave the material with carbon fiber to create a rigid, ultra-lightweight material.

According the Oris, the process is so precise that you can create a pattern on the case. Most carbon fiber watch cases develop random patterns.  
Oris then finishes the watch with a grey-PVD-plated titanium fixed bezel, screw-down crown and case back and a black textile strap. The watch and the movement together weigh a wispy 65 grams.

The fiery dial is meant to recall the work of Coulson’s firefighting pilots, who rush toward blazes while others turn away. Inside Oris fit its excellent and equally innovative COSC-rated Caliber 400, an anti-magnetic movement with a five-day power reserve.

In conduction with the release of the Coulson Limited Edition, Oris is promoting a documentary called “Birds of the Fireline.” Oris produced the fourteen-minute short-form documentary in-house.
Coulson Aviation in action.
Coulson Aviation is a Canadian-based family-run independent company that sends pilots, planes and equipment to areas of the world affected by wildfires.
Oris will make 1,000 Coulson Limited Edition watches. Each is price at $4,500.

On the Wrist: The Luminox Pacific Diver Chronograph

On the Wrist: The Luminox Pacific Diver Chronograph

By Isaac Despain 
The Luminox ‘secret sauce’ has always been making large, rugged, watches with tritium markers. This one, the 44mm Luminox Pacific Diver Chronograph, is no exception. It has all the features that you would expect from Luminox, like 200 meters of water resistance, a sapphire crystal, and a Ronda quartz movement.
The Luminox Pacific Diver Chronograph is priced at $795 on a black, white or colorful rubber strap and is $895 on the steel bracelet.
Despite having three additional functions on the dial, the hands are broad and easy to see against the backdrop of the busy dial. Otherwise, reading the time would be like playing “Where’s Waldo?”. 
Looking at the bezel, the forward action is great if you like a loud tactile ‘clack’ that can scare the neighbor’s cat. However, it does have a bit of back-play. The chronograph pushers are tactile and make this watch a fidgeter’s dream come true.
Quality product
This Luminox feels like a quality product on the wrist and all of the features are a pleasure to use.
What could Luminox have done better? 
The markings on the bezel are a real point of contention for me. When you set the bezel anywhere on the lower half of the watch, the “05” reads like a “50”. I also feel like the pip should have more contrast with the rest of the bezel as it takes me a second longer to find it. Perhaps adding a dash of red or white would have solved the problem. And unfortunately, the bezel on my example does not line up well with the dial.
Typically, this is no big deal if you are paying less than $400, but when you’re forking out $795-plus I would hope for better. 
How does it wear? Awesome, actually! I have small wrists and this watch sits flat and comfortably all day. A lot of that is due to the well-designed lugs that are compact and hug the case.
Due to the fact that this watch wears a lot smaller than it is, wearing it in public doesn’t make me feel like I’m compensating for my little man syndrome. Although the specs might suggest otherwise, I am happy to report that the Pacific Diver Chrono does not wear like a “wristburger”!
Light show
We have ignored the star of the show. The real magic happens when the lights go out and the tritium ampules fluoresce. I love setting this watch on my night stand and being able to see what time it is when I get up for the fifth time at night. It’s a game changer. 
So what’s the verdict? The Luminox Pacific Diver Chronograph is perfect for you if you are someone who likes the functional look of a big watch, a busy dial, and tactile feature interfaces.
If you can forgive the minor issues with the bezel, this watch will reward you with a taste of that sweet Luminox ‘secret sauce’. If you are the kind of person who wouldn’t touch a 44mm watch with a ten-foot pole, try one on before you make any assumptions. As for me, I found myself slapping this watch on the wrist and showing it off a lot more than I expected to. I really like it for what it is.
On the rubber strap, the Luminox Pacific Diver Chronograph is priced at $795 and is $895 on the steel bracelet.

+ 44mm wears great, even on smaller wrists
+ Tactile action with the bezel and chrono pushers
+ Tritium rocks! Until it doesn’t…
+ Good assembly
+ Cut to fit rubber strap
+ Ronda quartz movement
+ 20 ATM
+ Sapphire Crystal
– Slight bezel misalignment and play
– “05” that reads like “50” on the bezel
– Tritium pip is too small
– Bezel pip does not have enough contrast
Isaac Despain is a watch designer and Head of Design at Fine Timepiece Solutions USA.

EXCLUSIVE: Darren Star Is Investing in a French Resale Site

EXCLUSIVE: Darren Star Is Investing in a French Resale Site

Resale and the City?
Darren Star, the American television wiz behind “Emily in Paris” and “Sex and the City,” is among three new investors in French luxury resale site Resee, WWD has learned.

The others are American tech entrepreneur Shari Glazer, founder and chief executive officer of Kalos Labs, and Michael Dayan, a cofounder of French e-commerce pioneer, a former owner of Sonia Rykiel and a frequent tech investor.

“I’ve been following the Resee journey for years,” Star told WWD. “I was attracted by the appeal of curated vintage fashion, but most of all by the level of taste and intelligence behind the brand.“

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According to Resee, the trio of experts from various fields will “support the company’s exponential growth at the heart of the very buoyant secondhand market.”

Financial terms were not disclosed, but it’s believed the investments total in the single-digit millions.

In a statement, Resee cofounders and majority owners Sofia Bernardin and Sabrina Marshall said the new funding round would help accelerate its international expansion, burnish its global sourcing capabilities and help it invest in the necessary tech to optimize its capabilities.

Expansion will next focus on Switzerland, Hong Kong and Singapore. France remains a key market for Resee, and it recently opened at showroom on Avenue Kléber in Paris.

Next week, it plans to open a monthlong pop-up shop at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City. The U.S. was Resee’s largest market in the first half of 2022, accounting for 38 percent of sales.

The company is gunning to reach sales of 25 million euros by 2025.

While smaller than rivals like Vestiaire Collective or The RealReal, Resee boasts an average basket of 1,161 euros.

A Prada look from the Resee site.

Courtesy of Resee

Founded in 2013, it specializes in such covetable fashion items as Hermès handbags, archival Alaïa and runway pieces from Karl Lagerfeld-era Chanel and Phoebe Philo-era Celine. Its roster of notable resellers include actress Catherine Deneuve, jewelry designer Gaia Repossi, fashion designer and painter Vanessa Seward and creative director and consultant Vanessa Traina.

In tandem with its new investors, Resee said it is setting up an advisory board to support the brand’s development. Among new members are Sébastien Fabre, cofounder and former CEO of Vestiaire Collective.

Buoyed by strong global demand for vintage and secondhand high-end goods, the company has been logging revenue growth of about 120 percent each year, and boasts that it has been profitable from the get-go.

The global secondhand apparel market is forecast to grow by 127 percent to $218 billion by 2026, three times faster than the global apparel market overall, according to the “2022 Resale Report” by online resale platform ThredUp.

Bulgari Teams With Phillips for New Octo Finissimo

Bulgari Teams With Phillips for New Octo Finissimo

As the Bulgari Octo Finissimo celebrates its ten-year anniversary, the originator of the design and the Phillips auction house have teamed to create the Octo Finissimo Special Edition Phillips in Association with Bacs and Russo, a limited edition model that echoes the collection’s monochromatic dial, thin octagonal case and symmetric design elements.
The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Special Edition Phillips in Association with Bacs and Russo.
Since Bulgari designs always reference Roman architecture, the new special edition also retains the Roman sense of geometric symmetry. Thus, around the center of the sand-blasted titanium dial you’ll see a symmetric set of engraved markers with only the 12 and 6 breaking the pattern. The new watch eliminates the seconds subdial found on the historic Octo Finissimo design, a decision that highlights the full round dial within the eight-sided case.
“With this sectored dial design, our intent was to create a symmetry and pay tribute not only to Bulgari’s Italian roots, but also to the great Italian architects and designers of the 20th century,” explains Aurel Bacs, Senior Consultant, Bacs & Russo. “By eschewing the small seconds counter, a first for this model, we wanted to draw the focus on the engraved dial with its large numerals and the chapter ring whose color sways from black to grey to bronze, depending on the lighting.”
The thin 40mm case and the bracelet are finished to match the dial in sand-blasted titanium.
Bulgari’s BVL 138 movement with a platinum micro-rotor (visible from the caseback) powers the watch, offering an impressive 60-hour power reserve. The watch will be sold as a limited edition of fifty pieces via Phillips Watches.
Price: $17,000. 
Octo Finissimo Special Edition Phillips in Association with Bacs and Russo (Ref. 103709)
Movement: Extra-flat mechanical self-winding with platinum micro-rotor, Caliber BVL 138 (2.23 mm thick); 60-hour power reserve; frequency 21,600 vph (3 Hz). 
Case: 40mm sand-blasted 40mm titanium, transparent case back with special engraving on the sapphire crystal on the reverse side, water-resistant to 30 meters. 
Dial: Laser-engraved sand-blasted titanium.
Bracelet: Sandblasted titanium with integrated folding clasp. 
Price: $17,000. 

Rolex Opens Boutique in Abu Dhabi

Rolex Opens Boutique in Abu Dhabi

Mohammed Rasool Khoory & Sons and Rolex have opened a new boutique in Abu Dhabi.
Located in Yas Mall, the boutique is in the heart of the biggest mall in Abu Dhabi at Yas Island – one of the top tourism projects in the capital. It occupies the ground floor, near to the Fashion Parking. 
The 235-square-meter flagship boutique offers professional expertise in an elegant setting, one that promotes a sense of harmony, discretion and intimacy with the brand.
“Having represented Rolex in Abu Dhabi for 53 years, we are very proud to be expanding the Rolex presence in Abu Dhabi. We have always upheld the highest standards of quality and service integral to the brand and our business. Our latest boutique is a peerless testament to the timeless perfection of Rolex watches,” said Mr Yousef Mohammed Rasool Khoori, CEO of the MRK group. 
Rolex value 
Every element of the interior design features the elegant Rolex aesthetic and radiates the values of the Rolex crown. Excellence, precision and attention to detail emanate from the careful calibration of colours and patterns in the fittings and furnishings. 
Sensitive lighting accentuates the beauty of a selection of Rolex watches, which are displayed in refined showcases lined with beige leather and finished with bronze trims.
A striking emerald aqua wall highlights the rich Rolex heritage – its wave motif referencing the iconic Oyster, the world’s first waterproof wristwatch. This intense green is mirrored around the boutique, creating accents that harmonize a refreshed colour palette. The walls mix textures from walnut brown wood to beige-coloured stone and hand-crafted stucco panels with motifs crafted from resins covered in gold leather in a pattern that recalls the fluted bezel of the Oyster watch. 

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