I love this jacket. Some people have queried its potential in various chats, calling it “Mao-like,” and “boxy.”
I am here to tell you it’s lovely. Except if you have a broad back, which means a Medium constrains your shoulders and a Large probably flaps around the middle. Which means you return it to Steven Alan, wistfully. But if you’re narrow-backed, let me tell you what you get.
Bill Cunningham-homage, that’s what. It’s a beautiful color, the fabric is heavy, the effect, artisanal. As Sturdy Gals age, some intensify their Sturdy, some go all Grande-tastic, others trend Artsy-rrific. For those with dreams of beauty, what sturdier than the hands of an Artisan? The jacket would be great when you want something blue that isn’t denim. Practical, even better. Not cheap, for a casual piece, but those of you who believe in casual luxe, ding, ding, ding. Don’t ever say I keep the good stuff for myself.
Bill Cunningham’s Jacket, Sort Of, For 2016
Quite tough to find this jacket in the USA, today. But we can emulate. We can be inspired. La Garçonne might be convinced to make this jacket in a brighter blue?
Otherwise, Bill, we will have to do our measured best.
Photo of Bill Cunningham (known for decades of street style images, if he’s new to you) via New York Magazine. You can watch the documentary on him via Amazon, or Netflix. And someone I trust says it’s cry-worthy beautiful. . Bill died this year, at the age of 87.
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