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Puffer dresses are the unexpected winter trend of 2018

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 07/12/2018 Sabrina Carder

a group of people wearing costumes © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Step aside puffer jackets, the puffer dress is the latest padded style set to elevate your 2018 winter wardrobe. 

The sartorial spin on the cosy coat is the creation of Italian brand Moncler. The label, best known for ts heavy-duty outerwear has collaborated with Maison Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli on the inventive item.

The collection was released in October and consisted of several dramatic items of quilted garms, from floor-length dresses to capes in statement hues including bubblegum pink and cobalt blue. 

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"Inspired by the Madonnas of the Renaissance, this ethereal dress is created in laqué fabric with a soft down filled core," Moncler says of the dress designs, which marry sportswear and Haute couture.

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Although the item is definitely on the quirkier side of the style spectrum, it hasn't stopped fashion influencers from snapping it up.

In fact, the £1,835 dress has already sold out on the British website, but is still available at Barneys for £2,128.

a person in a pink dress: barneys0712.jpg © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited barneys0712.jpg Influencers and celebrities have already taken the sweeping puffy gown to the streets and red carpet, the results of which are pretty eye-catching.

Monica Almada paired the luxe blue dress with equally high end Balenciaga trainers and a Chanel handbag. Meanwhile, Tina Craig and Vanessa Hong went all-out, accessorising it with matching elbow length gloves. 

a person posing for the camera: milliebobbybrown0712.jpg © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited milliebobbybrown0712.jpg Too much puff for you? Moncler's inflated dress comes in a range of styles, including a shorter jacket dress created in collaboration with British designer Simone Rocha.

Millie Bobby Brown was the first A-lister to brave the in-your-face frock at Moncler's presentation during Milan Fashion Week in February.

The ever eccentric Ezra Miller proved the style's unisex appeal by wearing the dress and dramatic cape on the red carpet to the Fantastic Beasts world premiere.

Ezra Miller wearing a black dress: ezramiller0712.jpg © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited ezramiller0712.jpg The question is, are you coolor coldenough to wear the Michelin Man-inspired number this winter?

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