Our Top 9 Coats From the Fall '09 Runways

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Often, the fall shows will leave us all wondering the same thing: Where the heck were all the coats? Whereas one of the biggest statement-making items come cold weather is our outerwear, year after year, the fall runways are inundated with little frocks, chiffon tops, and bold accessories that look great, but do nothing to keep us warm. So in case you're already thinking ahead to September's sartorial choices, we've sifted through endless shiver-inducing dresses and skirts to bring you the best in cozy, cool, head-turning fall coats. Whether you've got the big bucks to spend or want to find its vintage/thrift dopplegänger, read on for how to update the trusty old peacoat, and beat your fellow shoppers by starting the hunt now.
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Jil Sander: A pop of color (in this case, neon yellow) and standout collar on a minimalist coat looks bold and subdued all at once.
Miu Miu: Though nude shades stormed the runways last season, if Miuccia Prada has any say (and she always does), dusty rose will be the color du jour come September. Buy into the trend with a key piece, like this understatedly sexy coat.
Marni: For all layering aficionados, nothing's cooler than this short-sleeved wonder with plenty of pockets for texture and interest.

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United Bamboo: A metallic finish adds instant pizazz to the simplest of coats, and this particular shade of bronze is subtle enough for everyday wear.
Zero + Maria Cornejo: Winter white is classic, but the oversized lapel makes the old new again.
Louis Vuitton: Not for the faint of heart, this fiery, boxy-shouldered, ruffled-collar number hits all the '80s notes that were big on the runway.
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Proenza Schouler: Mannish tailoring will be big again for fall 09, and the Proenza boys made it undeniably cool by adding '60s color blocking and double breasting.
Yves Saint Laurent: Leather has already infiltrated leggings, boots, vests, skirts, shorts...basically, every item under the fashion sun. The leather coat is obviously the next frontier.
3.1 Phillip Lim: A blazer in the front and a coat from the back...genius.
All photos via Style.com.

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