The Scottish cashmere makers have fallen on hard times as more men opt for the casualness of a cotton sweatshirt versus the luxury of a soft cashmere pullover. Plus the Chinese cashmere is cheap and chic, but Chanel has always used Scottish mills. This is one of the reasons Karl Lagerfeld brought his Chanel pre-collection to the Highlands in an effort to bring awareness to the traditions of cashmere and wool weaving. If you want to go full the opposite of casual, then opt for a sequin sweatshirt as it is so tremendously nonchalant and rather decadent at the same time. Sweatshirt dressing is all over runways today from Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga to Alexander Wang for, well, Alexander Wang. If Ghesquiere's "dorky cartoons" were inspired by corporate culture (which may explain his decision to part ways with the House of Balenciaga) and Wang's sweatshirts are street-referenced, then what will you say of a black and silver sequin sweatshirt? I say it is inspired by the nightlife and glamour. It may seem particularly perfect for this festive season, but I want it worn with a pair of casual shorts this spring in addition to glamorously with a pair of tuxedo pants. This is daywear for night owls. It's the way I love a woman to dress and of course it is by Yves Saint Laurent!
YSL Black and silver sequin blouse, c.1970's. marked size L (but really will work on a modern 2 to 10). SOLD
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