Ode to the Trench: 16 iconic trench coat fashion moments on film

Fashion Film Festival director Elizabeth Clarke shares the movie style moments that inspired a lifelong love affair with the humble trenchcoat.

I recently delved back into my winter wardrobe storage to give it a little sunlight and release a few moths back into the wild. Swinging happily between some heavy woollen skirts and a long line up of LBDs, was my favourite child – my trench. Well, trenches to be exact. My fixation and obsession in finding the perfect trench coat is never-ending and follows me season-to-season.

There is my full-length version by Acne, with wonderful leather buttons and broad face-framing collar. A Claude Montana, sexy and strictly tailored, she features a small stand-up collar and the most terrifyingly sharp silver shard-like fastenings. My deconstructed, soft line cropped trench-jacket by Parisian designer Vanessa Bruno is my most wearable, and then there’s my Burberry; classic, timeless and heavy-as-hell, I adore her, but rarely wear. She’s absolutely useless for the Australian winter and far too cumbersome to travel with.

Justification for this extended collection? My constant source of style inspiration – the movies. From Catherine Deneuve’s black patent version in Belle du Jour, to Lauren Hutton’s classic Armani in American Gigolo, classic fashion films prove the trench is not just for (sartorial) thunderstorms, it is the cornerstone of a woman’s personal style.

Luckily the new season collections showed a slew of new trench coats to covet, the standout being Burberry Prorsum. This season Christopher Bailey crafted a deliciously modern line in linen (how versatile!) and screen painted them with large flowers in shades of purple, yolk, green, fuchsia and red. The finishing touch – a waist belt made of tulle.

And so, another new trench coat purchase beckons. Do I feel fashion guilt? Not at all. Rain clouds or not, if it’s good enough for Ms Hepburn, Streep and Deneuve, it’s most certainly good enough for me.

Images: See individual images for direct screencap sources from vogue.co.uk, Classiq.me, Clothesonfilm.com, Glamamor.com, theredlist,com, fashion.telegraph.co.uk and more. Special thanks to the Rainwear in Films blog for their extremely comprehensive trenchcoat listings!

Fashion Film Festival – Australia

Adding to Perth’s cultural offerings, the Fashion Film Festival celebrates film, fashion and style with six iconic movies that have inspired designers, and changed the way we dress.

Showing at the brand new inner city boutique cinema The Backlot, fashionistas will be treated to champagne, chic eats and exclusive 10 minute Fashion Focus sessions that examine how each movie impacts fashion, and how to channel the iconic styles of our favourite cinematic heroines.

Founded and curated by fashion stylist and journalist Elizabeth Clarke, the Fashion Film Festival will provide a close and stylish look at the fabulously fast-paced world of the fashion industry, screening documentaries, fashion-in-film classics as well as the style-filled movies that continue to inspire our obsession for all things chic.

For the schedule, tickets, news and other stylish intel, log on to fashionfilmfestival.com.au


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