Fit, flare and back again. That's the only way to describe the Lantern Coat's unique silhouette.
The lantern shape of the coat -- the flare and back again part -- is inspired by the shape of a traditional lantern sleeve. When I was learning pattern drafting, one of our assignments was to draft this type of sleeve. At first, I thought it was the weirdest looking detail, but when I made it, the shape was actually pretty cool -- feminine yet structured, which is a look that I love. Here's a lantern sleeve on a recent Donna Karan design.
Donna Karan: Example of a lantern sleeve. Image from Neiman Marcus.
And here's the original inspiration for this interesting sleeve shape: lanterns!
Chinese lanterns. Image from here.
The upper body is fitted through the bust with an empire line -- a waistline marked just below the bust -- and princess seams that run vertically down the length of the coat. For women who are petite, this is a flattering fit, because the empire line draws the eye up and elongates the lower body.
This is a made-to-measure style, so each client can choose the fabrics, colors and notions. For this version, we used a beautiful Italian felted wool combined with a shiny taffeta to create a mix of contrasting textures. The coat is fully lined (this one with silk charmeuse) and we added a contrast band at the lining hem for fun!
The front closures are silk-covered snaps to match the lining color and we topped them with beautiful glass buttons.
The Lantern Coat is a special, made-to-measure garment – so we want to make sure that what you receive is one-of-a-kind and reflects your personal style. Contact us if you would like more information. And as always, stay connected with us on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook!