Ten Flattering Coats to Wear This Winter

Plus, a tour of some of Dumbo’s best street art

So as not to upstage MOMO’s prismatic York Street work, Nic and Moti tone it down with a belted winter white wrap (Isabel Marant, $695) and dark teal topcoat from Burberry and Barneys’ new collaboration ($3,795). It may look like we styled her hat to match the artwork, but the neon beanie is actually a Nic Screws trademark.

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Every February, the gods of fashion play a little cosmic joke by sending an army of fussily dressed editors, bloggers, and buyers into the snow-slicked streets of Manhattan for a week’s worth of runway shows. Watching the well-coiffed throng navigate the slushy sidewalks in heels and monkstraps is almost a spectator sport, but staying heated in the bitter cold is serious business. Now, we know that even though you’re probably not headed to Fashion Week, this is just about the moment in winter when you get tired of your old coats. So we sent our style director, Nic Screws, and our market associate, Moti Ankari, to Barneys New York on a mission to find great outerwear looks to share.

And since they will be running around to the fashion shows this week, our boss decided to warm them up by forcing them to model the looks as well. The idea is to inspire you creatively, so we used the most dizzying street art we could find in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood as backdrops. (The loft-filled area has a growing presence at NYFW: Buzzy brands such as Alexander Wang and Dior have all shown nearby, and Moncler will be there this season.)

Bring on the cold, New York: We’ve got this covered.

This hypnotic maze of a mural by Brooklyn-based artist gilf! decorates Dumbo’s Front Street. Nic and Moti don’t try to compete for attention but instead stick to clean lines and basic colors, with a black double-breasted coat by Sacai ($1,720) and a classic trench by Saint Laurent ($2,990).

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Givenchy’s statement-making windbreaker ($1,500) almost matches Stefan Sagmeister’s graphic text mural (hand-painted by Coby Kennedy) under the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway

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Just across the underpass, Moti and Nic tested out industrial motorcycle jackets (on him: Balmain, $6,210; on her: Chloe, $4,395). It seemed a fair contrast with the nature in artist Yuko Shimizu’s 80-foot-long octopus—also painted by Kennedy, in collaboration with Sagmeister’s studio. If you’re wondering how to pull off a blush-colored leather jacket like Nic’s, the key is to pair it with colorful accessories or pants so it doesn’t wash you out.

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Sometimes it’s nice to pair a bulky item, like this Acne shearling jacket ($2,700), with something minimal like a T-shirt. We made Moti model this combo—even though it was freezing—in front of Revs’s chaotic mural at the corner of Bridge and York.

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We loved the simplicity of Eltono’s color-blocked bricks on Prospect and Jay streets and paired them with a simpler palette of taupe (on Nic: Jil Sander, $3,330) and maroon (on Moti: Dolce & Gabbana, $5,145). Now you try it!

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