Reader Helen G emailed me a tantalizing image from a fashion article in T Magazine.
The article has sent me into reveries about oversized coats and distressed sweaters. I still have an oversized coat from the mid ’90s.
It has raglan shoulders, so it almost looks like some of my ’80s getups. It goes nearly to the ground, a drapey slanket of cashmere. I don’t wear it very often, and never did, because the length requires me to hitch it up when going up and down stairs, a nd it really is more of a statement coat than the Kay Lifestyle ordinarily requires. It looks kind of funny right now, in this age of trimmed-down silhouettes. But I remember finding it on the super sale rack at Saks (or was it Macy’s?), being in need of a black coat, and being egged on by a master egger-onner.
Anyway, what I’m really interested in is this sweater, the one that Helen sent me. I have questions. Did Jean-Paul Gaultier get out his draper’s scissors and get his scherenschnitte on, or did that happen later? I love the precision of the cuts between the argyle sections. I love the cropped sweater-over-baggy-shirt shape.
The price of this Prada sweater: $2,700. Knitting is saving us SO MUCH MONEY. [This is my Dead Serious expression.]
Here’s another vintage sweater from the article. Same short-over-long, trim-over-baggy shape.