A couple of weeks ago, reader Helen G emailed me a tantalizing image from a fashion article in that weekend’s T Magazine.
I went digging in my pile of New York Times, but the magazine was not there. I was so excited by that glimpse of vintage Jean-Paul Gaultier sweater that I asked Helen G if she would mind sending me the magazine if she still had it. (It was worth the risk of Helen G thinking me a weirdo for needing to see this picture better, and anyway, my position is that Helen started it.)
The magazine has arrived. (Thanks, Helen!) 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, and 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, our pal Elisabeth.
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. The dangling strands of yarn remind me of Belinda’s distressed black Burberry duster coat with hanging red and black threads. Not many people can pull off the Elegant Ragpicker look, but Belinda sure as heck could. I love the cropped sweater-over-baggy-shirt shape.
The price of this Prada sweater: $2700. Ann: 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. It’s only June, but I’m getting excited for fall, and maybe cutting up some sweaters. And not for nothing, but my Kaffe Fassett Big Flower jacket is going to fit right in. Let’s wear fun clothes! We’re not getting any younger!