Sunday, August 24, 2008

Hooded Justice

I recently watched Nicolas Roeg's classic sci-fi "The Man Who Fell To Earth". The movie, of course, further defined Bowie as an experimenter and a pioneer, but it is also a style cornerstone for any young man who has embraced the lure of androgyny.

Even those who have never seen "The Man", Bowie's orange, wig-like hair and porcelain skin are iconic (from the cover of "Low" as well). Yet, the thing that caught my eye the most was his reoccuring jacket, a dramatic piece that included a large, ear-height collar double with a hood that looked more sophisticated than street.

My nearly obsessive, practically exhausting search for a winter coat last year allows me to believe that no one has really picked up on this striking hood/collar combo. I finally found a collar that was acceptable at Mackage, but to find a hood attached was difficult. (Note: This year is going to be ALL about obnoxiously huge collars - lets hope someone pops in their Low album and finds a way to stand apart by be-hooding their creation.)

This fall, I will do my best to revive the hood - take it away from hoodies and put it on fitted, well-tailored ensembles. My search has been fairly unfruitful, but I did want to point out Kill City's killer "Black Hooded Dress":

This delish eBay find from Japanophile's Rabbit Angel:

Hooded tee from my favorite NYC boutique I can't afford, Oak:

A great vintage find from Nasty Gal's webstore:

What I'm trying to say is: Hoods...I fancy you.

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