A knee-length coat is everything from cold survival to royal event, one is worn with a fascinator that looks like a bird, and the other is made with feathers. So yes, Kate Middleton will wear a neatly cut collarless knee-length coat like it’s nobody’s business (which by default is actually everybody's business) and when skiing at Courchevel, she will most likely be equally elegant wrapped in down. Knee-length coats are, for practical reasons and more stylish ones, almost unavoidable. So accepting that as a fact we shall go through some of the season's favourites, designers who repeat the classics, and directional changes worth talking about.
The knee-length coat often takes on an hourglass silhouette, a tailored fit through the bodice, pinched in the middle to accentuate a waist and either slim or swung from the hips down. From the super-femme category this season we are swooning over Altuz