Here in Hong Kong, when it rains, it pours – but don’t let the wet weather put a damper on your style. Here are some new season finds that will help you stay chic and dry:
Bottega Veneta Puddle Boots
Appropriately named the Puddle Boot, Bottega Veneta’s new must-have footwear comes in a variety of colours and features a bulky rounded toe and hidden platform. Made of biodegradeable polymer, it’s also extremely lightweight and comfortable. While it was seen on the A/W20 runway with floor-length dresses, we can also envision these boots with wide-legged trousers.
If the typical rubber rain boot isn’t your style, then Both’s edgy combat boot in a tasteful-yet-functional combination of leather and rubber should do the trick. With its chunky, rugged outsole and lace-up detail, these crisp white combat boots can be worn with warm-weather uniforms of floral frocks or with t-shirts and straight-legged jeans.
You may have seen American artist Daniel Arsham’s rendition of a Pokemon and his recent collaboration with Kim Jones at Dior, and if you’re looking to own a piece of his work without breaking the bank, his collaborative project with Sanarkitecture at Selfridges is a sensible option. This large scale umbrella can cover both you and a friend on the rainiest of days.
Oversized clutches for daytime is a recurring trend we’ve seen in recent collections, and one that’s caught my eye is from German label, Kassl Edition. Crafted from coated canvas in an abstract leopard pattern, this pouch features pockets that can house all your daily essentials (think wallet, keys, phone and even a small foldable umbrella).
London Undercover’s automatic, foldable umbrella is their smallest and lightest style yet, which comes in an array of fun colours including this tie-dye pattern. While some would suggest tie-dye is typically reserved for the sunniest days in summer, it’s a great way to brighten up an otherwise gloomy day.
Riccardo Tisci’s Burberry is an obvious choice when you’re thinking about how to stay chic in the rain. One of his latest accessories, the Bonnet Cap, is exactly as the name describes it – a baseball shape reworked to include an exaggerated PVC brim that draws references to headwear from the Victorian Era. For the fashionably daring who wish to stay dry, this cap will definitely make a statement.
Did you think we’d mention Burberry and not include their iconic trench coat? Tisci’s updated the house classic, this time crafted from English-woven cotton gabardine with new details including pressed silver studs and a contrast-colour collar.
The Italian house’s signature nylon fabric is a great alternative to leather or suede for those rainy days. This easy-to-carry shoulder bag features chain details and a detachable snap-front pouch so you can keep all your essentials organised.
Paco Rabanne, a house that came to fame in the 1960s, often experimented with unexpected materials and the label’s current creative director, Julien Dossena, still adheres to the brand’s briefs. This expertly tailored PVC raincoat is a great structured piece to wear on top of a patterned dress or a slim-fitting jumpsuit.