It’s not just the vampires that are a hit this season. Thanks to Hollywood blockbuster Twilight, Pea Coat is also becoming a rage with the Capital’s Robert Pattinson wannabes. A style statement of the handsome sailors of the European Navy, the double-breasted coat with broad lapels which was accessorised by large metal and wooden buttons, is getting famous again.
“My girlfriend calls it the Cullen coat. She is getting one stitched for me,” says DU student Rocky Pegu. “It’s the fifth in my Hollywood wardrobe collection,” says student and movie buff Danny Gossain.
Even brands such as Mango, Paul Smith and Kenzo are seeing a demand for the coats. They have already sold some pieces and have pre-booking orders for more. Another consignment is being arranged when New Moon, the next installment in the Twilight series hits the theatres in first week of December. “This season it’s a huge trend. We have a few the classic styles in black, camel, vibrant crimson red and purple,” says a spokesperson from luxury fashion brand Mango. “Anticipating the spark off trends after Twilight, we have introduced the pea coats,” says Sonal Bhatia, brand manager, Paul Smith and Kenzo.
Says designer Rahul Khanna, “It’s a rage for the upcoming year-end parties. Every designers adapts it in their own style, though the Navy influence is retained. Rohit and I do a lot of them with leather piping and Cashmere. Our range starts from Rs 15,000 to Rs 25,000.” “The pea coat has been around since the turn of the century. As a garment it is very versatile and can be worn as a formal piece or with jeans as a jacket,” says Siddartha Tytler.