FASHION A to Z : A for Anorak

by fmaharani on Jan 18, 2015

For those who don't know your Birkin from your Kelly, or Cara from Naomi, clogs from mules.. We've put together some fashion go-to lingos in this shoppable crash course you can quickly whip out in your desperate time of sartorial needs, be it to navigate your closet or practically anytime Karl Lagerfield churn out some bizarrely chic wares.

A for Anorak

Proenza Schouler

It is basically a coat or jacket, with hood typically lined with fur. Windbreaker, is a kind of anorak that obviously, made to protect ourselves from well, wind; while parka is designed to withstand colder temperature hence its thickness and heavier material.

While anorak might be deemed too old-fashioned, mannish, or plain to be stylish, the ever influential Alexander Wang has taken it in its stride on creating the ultimate cool urban wear and incorporate it in a bespoke collection that pushes boundary, adorning athletic-wear with edge. And when Wang says jump, we ask how high. In the craze of Alexander Wang x HnM launch last year, the outer wear translates as the epitome of contemporary sport luxe. It probably makes you wish you are gym-goer, just for the sake of showing it off on your morning run. I know I do.

Alexander Wang for HnM

The trend continues, with some boyish sensitiveness being favored in the 2015 Pre-Fall shows, as evident in hip-length anoraks in utilitarian palette of black and olive from the likes of Diesel and Rebecca Minkoff. Pile up on the layering and throw an anorak to the mix : the ultimate getups to ward off the chills. Worn over a shift dress, Studio Kaprol's hooded anorak takes on a more rock and roll vibe; while Lisa Perry goes graphic with monocromatic tiny squares of black and whitecrossword puzzle anorak.

Rebecca Minkoff          -       Diesel Gold Black

Studio Kaprol        -         Lisa Perry

Not a fan of your somber boyfriend-borrowed anorak? Or it's not chilly enough for a heavy outerwear? Tory Burch's Resort collection is sweet without being saccharine in these printed anoraks. With light-weight material, the pastel-adorned anorak is perfect for a summer cover up.

Tory  Burch

Are you ready for another one?
Meet your anorak slash dress slash rain coat slash everything you want it to be!

Tsumori Chisato

Eyecatching with a dash of flare, Tsumori Chisato combines fashion with pop art, breaks down shapes and sprinkle a whole lot of fun.

Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough's trek through the Himalayas gave birth to the gorgeous color-blocked version as derived from the common mountaineering parkas, complete with bungee cord detailing.

Diane Von Furstenburg is expanding her sophisticared wrap-dressed customer list to now include urban-hippie-Coachella-going girls dressed in her latest pre-fall offering : a cotton/linen camouflage anorak with a button-out leopard lining.

Diane Von Furstenberg

Miu Miu however, proves itself to be the the hip desired label of the youngs and fashion forwards. A solid winner when it comes to quirky chic and not taking fashion "too seriously" according to the ever fabulous Ms Prada, playing with texture and fun bright colors and patterns.

Miu Miu

So shrug it on! Be it chic black or fun pastel, the anorak makes a cool of-the-moment statement piece, and transitional dressing an ease. What are you waiting for?