Core Connection

Ever since Chanel models toted ice axes down the Paris runways last year, fashionistas have been looking to the REI racks for inspiration. And while this latest crop of haute outerwear may not suffice on a Chugach Range overnighter, it'll certainly keep you sleek and toasty for a brisk stroll this fall—while giving your fleece a well-deserved rest.

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When sewing up its men's COATED COTTON CAR COAT, DKNY started with the fabric of your life, coated it with black polyurethane, then added stitching made to resemble heat-pressed, waterproof seams. The end result evokes a vintage diving suit. A fine piece for walking the dog on a late-fall night, but watch the weather: The coat is only water-resistant, not waterproof. ($248; 800-231-0884, www.dkny.com)


Though PRADA's SHETLAND INFELTRITO jacket for women might look like it belongs at the dressage championships, its construction makes it adequate for the steeps at Killington. The Infeltrito beats back drizzle with waterproofed wool, polyester-fiberfill insulation, and a nylon lining—plus, gusseted cuffs add extra protection. The overall fit: svelte, not bulky. ($860; 888-977-1900, www.prada.com)

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