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January 24, 2012 > Costume National devises coat sling

Costume National devises coat sling

By Colleen Barry, Associated Press

MILAN (AP), Jan 14 - Costume National has devised a novel system for hanging onto winter coats after stepping out of the cold and into a warm public place.

Sewn inside coats in next winter's collection are straps, call them suspenders, that can be used to hang a coat on your back, like a backpack, when not needed for warmth. Hands are free to shop, sip coffee, gaze at artwork, whatever has brought you indoors.

Designer Ennio Capasa's seemingly simple solution to an age-old wintertime dilemma was featured Saturday during Costume National's menswear preview for next fall and winter.

Capasa's experiments with coats only started with the backside-suspension coat. He also combined bombers with trench coats, and knitwear with tuxedo jackets, so seamlessly that the view from the back suggested a garment completely different than the one seen from the front.

The color scheme was mostly dark or winter white, with accents of teal and green. Knitwear was mostly fine, and not chunky, and Costume National also favored layered turtlenecks and shirts, a look popping up in this round of previews. The collection was set off by heavy-soled boots and shoes, with bold silver accents.

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