February 11, 2013

The Star Coat

I wish I could say I DIYed this piece, stitching individual star appliques on an oversize coat, but the genius belongs to Yohji Yamamoto.  Long before stars were a favored print by fashion boys and rappers, Yohji created this now-vintage star-spangled swingy black wool coat which has enlivened many of my dark winter days.  The stars, in dull silver-gray yarn bring a sense of lightness to all black, to which Yohji says, “Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy – but mysterious. But above all black says this: “I don’t bother you—don’t bother me”.”

vintage Yohji Yamamoto star coat (Fall 2006) and sweater, Yohji Yamamoto hakama pants, Tim Hamilton x Guidi boots

six small stars in front, one big star on the back

There is a lazy comfort that comes with wearing big-on-big in the winter, in that what lies between you and your layers, be it trapped warm indoor air or an expansion of yourself fueled by holiday indulgence, doesn’t matter; what matters most is protection from the cold.  And on the topic of DIY, why not customize your granddad’s old overcoat with boy scout badges, or fruits and flowers to remind you of warmer days—anything militaristic, or meaningful, could easily revive an old treasured piece.

silver gray yarn star appliques on a Yohji Yamamoto coat

Guidi for Tim Hamilton platform boots

 

photographs by Sophia Callahan

7 Comments

  • mat
    February 11th, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Big on Big, nice wording. Well the B/o/b does really suit you Izz

  • Izzy
    February 11th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    ha thanks mat!

  • Ram
    February 11th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Beautiful! I hate that you’re the only one who can pull something like that off.

  • Patrick Wilson
    February 11th, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Nice!

  • Domenic Bartlett-Roylance
    February 12th, 2013 at 1:47 am

    you look very very avant garde

    Happy valentines.

    xx Domenic

    stylehuntingclub.com

  • PeprisMine
    February 18th, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Amazing….i couldnt believe that the clothes are DIYed….great work ! The 6 stars on the front are stylish too

  • Izzy
    February 18th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    lol they’re not, but I wish they were! XD


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