Sleeves are pretty important structurally to a piece of clothing, unless of course it was intended to not have said sleeves, in which case be gone. And just when you thought your mind was blown with the (re)surgence of elbow patches in manly man wear they (collective speaking of designers) give those pads a kick in the proverbial ass and we end up with full blown arm patches or as I like to call them transition sleeves – a distant relative of transition denim.
In a post this post post I mentioned Paul Smith’s SS 2012 trend of manipulating denim and leather, adding them together and making us sick to our stomachs with envy. This look just makes me hate any leather and/or denim jacket I’ve ever had and sad that they’ll never be in the obvious, according the Smith, blissful matrimony they should be. Side not: mustache on that guy.
If we mosey on over to DKNY’s FW 2012 presenation we see a sort of ‘pseudo-vest but I have sleeves put me on’ kinda thing happening. And we like it. I’ve never been partial to the puffy penguin vest reminiscent of gortex Seinfeld. But something sleek happens when sleeves, that aren’t of the same penguin nature, hit the vest . I can get into it.
Getting back to the title, this is my favorite play on the trend. There’s something to be said about a trench coat with accent sleeves and Simon Spurr is singing it from the rooftops in his FW 2012 collection. Growl – there’s also a hint of a tiger stripe of sorts going on. Whatever it is, I’m down.
While the picture may be saying ‘choke myself with mewelry’ what it really means is ‘I’m so happy with my transition sleeves I could vomit’, which if I stayed in that pose any longer would have probably happened. My take of the transition sleeve.