What can be said about patchworks - patchwork quilts, patchwork country, patchwork paneling? An anachronistic fabric stitched together with exposed seams, quilted patchwork and skin patchwork run hand in hand, in detail: dangling from the window shopper's arm, a Jil Sander clear plastic tote displays a single python pocket. And in another: the suede elbow patch decorates the elbow of a man resting against a wall. Strategically placed patches appear throughout our New York streets on shoulders, waistbands, and Louis Vuitton soccer balls.
From above, all INA MEN: Jil Sander midnight plastic tote with python exterior pocket, Antonio Marras charcoal plaid vest, Miharayasuhiro charcoal wool pant with skirt overlay, Visvium Comme Des Garcons navy & white hightop sneaker; Louis Vuitton black jacket, Junya Watanabe navy & white striped trouser, Louis Vuitton olive cashmere turtleneck with suede elbow patches, Fiorentini + Baker chocolate suede boot, Mike crackled metallic sunglasses; Thom Browne grey & white striped hat, Vivienne Westwood charcoal & white plaid button-up, Louis Vuitton gray zip-up sweater with suede elbow patches, Vivienne Westwood navy wool pant with side ties, Marni burnt orange leather lace-up loafer.
The jumpsuit has long since woven a new life as an elegant day for night ensemble, rather than as a youthful coverall. That being said, the ongoing charm of the one piece is its youthful allure, the very thought of its effortlessness. Below, with layers: cold weather silken, denim and body-grazing onesies in INA Nolita.
From top: Mayle silk black sleeveless jumpsuit, Ann Demeulemeester long corduroy duster coat, rabbit charcoal hat, Walter Steiger grommeted black leather platform boots; Norma Kamali olive short-sleeved jumpsuit, Zamir Furs rabbit coat, Lack of Color black wool brimmed hat, Celine burgundy leather center zipper boot; Philosophy brown suede fringed jacket, Prada tortoise shell cat-eyed sunglasses, denim overalls, Missoni lace-up bootie with patent maroon square toe, Chanel suede clutch with red shearling trim.
As a prelude to Halloween, is it any wonder that INA Noho can offer the finishing costume touches for Dracula and all of the rest - the Victorian, the musician, the cowgirl, the fur animal?
Ina Noho, from top: Nanette Lepore leather fringed purse, Balmain white leather cuff with gold edges; Romeo Gigli fuschia knit dress with cut-out collar; Dries Van Noten detachable velvet sleeves; Pologeorgis black capra vista goat vest; Embroidered silk tie-waist belt; Issey Miyake turn-down collar circle scarf; Vintage leather fringed jacket with beaded design.
In a fourth floor New York walk-up apartment, the debut of the day's clothing inevitably finds its audience in one's neighbors, met by happenstance on ground floor, the penthouse, and glancingly down the hall.
Here, look by look, are fall's most coveted items caught in the winding flights.
INA Soho, from top: Halston black fur shirt, vintage leopard hat, Nicholas Kirkwood black suede pumps with white swirled platform; Junya Watanabe black dress with exposed zippers and Perrin black leather glove clutch; Chanel tweed and iridescent sneakers, Armani navy tutu, Issey Miyake patent planetary purse; Dolce & Gabbana navy tuxedo pantsuit with black satin trim; Junya Watanabe red down puffer jacket; Givenchy black fringed purse with woven strap, Comme Des Garcons wool, plaid one-armed jumper with pleated skirt.
Plaid, originally called tartan, was first made in woven wool and thrown over the shoulder in the high plains. Two threads woven underneath two opposing threads at right angles: this weave was once banned in the middle of the nineteenth century as the regional dress of Gaelic warrior clans. Towards 1800, the pattern was no longer associated with the Highlands. More pleasurable than dressing up, is dressing down, now that plaid is co-opted only into symbolic association with Scotland, in the crisp men's shirt, slacks and hoodie.
All merchandise, Union Square: Black Fleece navy, white, and grey plaid shirt, John Varvatos taupe leather jacket, Koto navy and camofluage pants, Pierre Hardy white boots; Junya Watanabe plaid hoodie, denim Levis jacket, 45 RPM wool navy billed hat, Chimala cream denim jean, Golden Goose cream and blue sneaker; GXT Grilliperlatesta Italian wool grey plaid suit, Dolce & Gabbana white shirt; Paul Smith white button-up, Giuseppe Zanotti blush snake skin t-strap pump.
Taking a cue from Honoré de Balzac, this found quote guides the INA Men's wardrobe this week: "The boor covers himself, the rich man or the fool adorns himself, and the elegant man gets dressed." Two who get dressed elegantly, in the first fall of the season merchandise, walk the Soho sidewalks below. Ties are featured woven inside of jackets, like scarves. Losing its timeworn stiffness, the tie even accessorizes windbreaker pants and hiking boots.
From above, all INA Men: Jil Sander hooded midnight polyester jacket, Gucci silver satin embroidered tie, vintage silver windbreaker pants, Kovalum blue & white checkered shirt, INA black cashmere beanie, Lanvin black leather hiking boot with fluorescent laces; Gucci suede jacket with white trim, Raf Simons black cotton button-down with attached scarf, grey denim Nicolas Andreas jeans, black Agnes B. hat, Tom Ford black & white satin tie; Stone Island black polyester bomber, Rag & Bone khaki pants, Givenchy grey, wool plaid shirt, Pierre Hardy grey suede sneakers, J. Lindeberg black & white tie; Vintage velour jacket with embroidered tigers; Margiela silver boots.