Many people are quick to hail designers as other worldly Gods. In other cases you can also say their other talent is simply shrewd curating ability.
On pure luck I’m able to thread these images together. My eyes have grown tired from the visual library on my desktop, from the images stored inside my private pinterest boards, and from the fragmented jpegs all floating in my brain.
Fashion really does repeat itself and we mustn’t call this ‘plagiarism’. Ideas in this industry cannot be imprisoned. Only logos can.
In these three instances we first see Margiela’s version of this blazer, designed under his reign at Hermes. I’m unable to gather which specific collection it was under. It has a unique feature which includes a closed center seam, meaning this blazer can only be worn like a shirt. Raf Simons in 2009 does a brilliant code of his own. Lastly Acne recently sent down about 4-5 versions of this same format in both tops and dresses, this blazer concept that is, with a closed off center seam. To let you in on my personal tastes, I’m not a fan of Acne’s really, and it seems Acne’s choice to put these designs on the runway was more “styling” than “coding”. You can call this a “Blazer-shirt” I suppose, but technically a blazer means the center seam is opened with button closures. People constantly pick out which mass market designs are derivative of runway. I’ve always felt these people were so naive, starting as early in high school. High end designers do this just as often. Their sources are harder to access as the general public does not always know which books to look at or how to look for search keys. They also have something most don’t, which is curating skill.
This is a chic concept and the way you can work this blazer for fall is to do a turtleneck with it. I like Margiela’s styling the best, because it’s current. Colder weather is just around the corner and it is impossible to do this without something underneath. Thanks for reading.