When I think of Steven Alan I don't normally think of outerwear. Not that he doesn't do a fine job, but there are other things that seem to pop up first - the reverse seam, The Annex, etc. F/W 2010 might just change all that as Steven has some really impressive outerwear pieces. The thing that has always drawn me to Steven Alan is his simplicity - the guy just gets the concepts of wearability and functionality. While other designers too often get hung up and bogged down with superfluous and unnecessary details, Mr. Alan knows exactly what his sweet spot is. This ideal combined with a few signature tweaks is what makes his current crop of outerwear special. Everything from a padded peacoat to a shawl collar deck jacket delivers just what you want from your classic pieces, while still giving you that little extra. And it's this little extra that often takes a "I'll think about it" to a "done deal". That right there is why Mr. Alan always seems to find his way into my wardrobe season after season, F/W 2010 being no exception.