Feel that chill? Not the one your boss just left when she breezed through the office. We’re referring to the temperature drop that accompanies the month of October. It’s fall and we are dreaming of red and gold leaves in Central Park and hot cocoa in mitten-clad hands. But, we certainly can’t go out in just our fab sheer blouses – shining those brights are a no-no in our fashion circle. We just stumbled upon an insider’s-favorite – Lauren Moffatt, the newly minted CFDA designer – and are craving her new collection of outerwear. With prices ranging well within your budget ($400-$600) and sporting a schoolgirl chicness (and, no, not trashy Britney Spears Baby One More Time schoolgirl), Moffatt’s jackets and pea coats are classic, yet quintessentially modern, with radiant colors such as red and green, compelling textures and sleek silhouettes.
Named “Designer-to-Watch” by both WWD and Vogue, Moffatts designs have made their way into the world of the most influential fashionistas – Hollywood. Moffatt has outfitted Natalie Portman, Haylie Duff, Lindsay Lohan, Kim Kardashian and Kate Hudson. The Nora Hooded Pea Coat ($479) is perfect for romping around an autumn-leaved neighborhood. Made with deliciously warm Melton Wool, the pea coat’s denim and red details give the traditional style a contemporary flair. We absolutely adore the front patch pockets, the super-cute snaps and (how could we not?) the faux fur trim. Our intellectual instincts were heightened when we saw the To Kill A Mockingbird Scout Coat ($458). This coat looks snazzy without being pretentious with any outfit and gives your new couture librarian glasses a little umph, especially when you’re trying to catch the eye of a certain cutie from the coffee nook downtown. If you’ve got a sexy nautical-theme going, step into this vintage style coat – the long, wool Portland and Starboard Coat ($548) sets sail on our waters with its deep-blue body and kelly-green accents.