venerdì 19 febbraio 2016

Kate-Inspired Purchase Review: Séraphine "Natasha" Coat

Ok, I admit it: it was love at first sight with this coat the moment Kate stepped out wearing it in Kensington on 19 January 2015:

The second coat after London-based luxury maternity brand Séraphine worn by the Duchess (after the burgundy tweed bouclé "Marina", which debuted in NYC in December 2014; fellow blogger Food, Fash, Fit shared some interesting details on the "Marina" on her facebook page a while ago, well worth checking out if you're considering a purchase), the "Natasha" is part of the brand's Luxe range, launched in 2012, and is made from the most sumptously soft Italian cashmere blend fabric (70% virgin wool, 20% polyamide and 10% cashmere). The colour is described on the website as soft mist blue and the coat is collarless and features large mother of pearl buttons and faux pockets with a gathered detail.
The big question of course is: would it make sense to buy a maternity garment when you're, in fact, not pregnant? Read on to find out my conclusions!

Séraphine was founded in 2002 by Parisian-born designer Cécile Reinaud, who opened the first store in Kensington High Street, London. Beloved by royalty (Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden is also a fan) and celebrity mums-to-be, Séraphine garments are stocked in high-end department stores around the world (including Kate's favourites, Peter Jones and John Lewis) and the brand won the Queen's Award for Enterprise 2015, in recognition of their outstanding achievements in international trade.
Retailing originally for £175/$289/€229, the "Natasha" is still available in most sizes at time of writing and is now 20% off, priced at £140/$231/€183. You can get a further £5/$5/€5 your first purchase when you sign up to their newsletter. Delivery is by express courier, with prices starting at £4.95 for the UK and Republic of Ireland.


A close-up of the back of the buttons. They're mother of pearl rounds glued to transparent shanks. I do hope the glue has staying power!

The coat is fully lined in what looks like baby blue polyester, or poly-mix, although it's difficult to tell for sure as the lining composition is not stated on the label. The coat was packaged in a large jiffy bag and therefore arrived extremely crumpled, so much so that I had to take it to the dry cleaners first thing to have it ironed professionally.
Apart from that, it's perfect! I had some reservations about buying a maternity item when I'm very much not pregnant, however what they said on the Séraphine website proved to be accurate: this smart coat is an elegant addition to your winter repertoire for before, during and after pregnancy.
This is a style that would suit equally well a pregnant or non-pregnant wearer. I got my usual size, as recommended by Séraphine, and it fits well, if somewhat loosely around the bust. However, shoulders and sleeve lenght are just right, so I wouldn't recommend going a size down.
It's a versatile style, that can be dressed up with a dress just like Kate did, or down with jeans for a Saturday morning shopping trip. It goes well with other Kate items, too - including the Beulah "Shibani" scarf shown below right (scarf review here):

P.S.: if you're in the UK, this month's issue of Prima magazine has a great article on Kate's style, which also features the "Natasha" styled as a non-maternity garment!


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