When I first saw a long blazer on the Comme des Garcons runway many years ago, I didn’t quite understand it: was it some sort of a lighter trench coat for warmer spring days; or was it simply a blazer for those who favor the slightly dramatic? Living in Manila then, there was a stigma against wearing things too wintery, and I wouldn’t have dared wear a longer blazer for fear that I’d be made fun of for wearing a trench coat in the tropics. But the long blazer, as I’ve learned, has its merits: it draws a clean long line from the lapel down to the thighs, and gives you the countenance of modern nobility, harkening back to the longer jackets dandies wore in the 1800s. In the winter, it is an essential layering piece, serving as a second wind barrier, with a little more coverage down the hips.
This Yohji Yamamoto jacket, in 100% polyester, was a lucky vintage find. The synthetic fabric makes it an excellent wind blocker yet the quality of the fabrication means that it drapes beautifully. It’s cut quite odd, I must say, with the classic Yohji soft oversize shoulders, tapering down to a slightly narrow hem with no vents.
photographs by Sophia Callahan