The trench coat is widely acknowledged to have been conceived by Burberry in 1912, when the brand patented a long coat called the Tielocken. Originally designed to protect against harsh weather, the style has since been worn by many impressive figures, from Winston Churchill to Audrey Hepburn.
Today, the trench coat has been reimagined by many brands, elevating the humble coat to new heights with voluminous sleeves, studs, PVC and coloured options. These stylish adjustments have transformed the water-repellent outwear from a practical item to a classic wardrobe essential.
The trench coat’s versatility and cool factor has made it a huge hit with the street-style set, who, this season, have already shown it is the ultimate transitional-weather piece. Here, we take a look at how the fashion week crowd wore their statement trench coats, with new pieces from brands such as Burberry and Prada. Whether you to choose to wear it with jeans and Chelsea boots or heels and a dress, the trench coat is one of the biggest investments for SS19.