In the world of His Dark Materials, each character has a dæmon—an animal that manifests as the truest form of one’s inner-self. The soul as animal, if you will. While every character has an actual animal like a ferret or a hawk, I like to believe mine would be the incredible coat that Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) wears in the HBO adaptation of the book trilogy from Philip Pullman. Actually, I’d be fine if it were any part of Lord Asriel’s wardrobe because to be frank, it’s fire. Let’s break it down.
More layered than the complex plot of His Dark Materials itself, I’d call the entire look something along the lines of “Adventurous Professor.” Not only does the combination of tie, dress shirt, cowl-neck sweater, and leather look warm as hell, it’s just a really solid ensemble. If you’re going to use your intellect to push back against the oppressive nature of the church, then you better come correct.
But back to the coat. Hitting at the knee, it isn’t here to mess around. With a chocolate leather exterior, trimmed with beautiful shearling, you just know that the world feels a bit safer inside that coat. It also manages to escape that weird thing that can happen with a serious leather coat where it’s too bulky and you look uncomfortable and bloated. (Or, too mundane, and you look like a creepy Inspector Gadget.) Instead, this one says, “I’m a fancy smart man who’s ready to tear down my oppressor with the help of an animal being!”
Though His Dark Materials has only had one episode air so far, keep an eye out for the very important fashion choices that are sure to come. Outside of my dæmon, there’s plenty of Very Good Coats to be found on the HBO show. Move aside, Mad Men. This is a church-heavy parallel version of 2019, and there’s a new best-dressed show on premium cable.