Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bally-Who?

Ya know what? Christophe Decarnin can kiss my fashionista butt.

As we all now by now, this Balmain jacket is All The Rage.



And as we all also know, it's expensive as hell. (More expensive than hell -- I dunno about you, but I'm sure I could achieve eternal damnation for lots less than 11 large.) And we also know that Style Spy has a thing for jackets of the quasi-military/musical sort.

She also has the best shopping kung-fu, even in a vintage store, because last weekend I got my grubby little paws on this:




Eh-yep. From my favorite vintage dealer, Connie Ray, over at the Austin Antique Mall. (I love the Antique Mall. I love it for its many and varied treasures. I also love it because they almost always have a candy bowl filled with those teeny Tootsie Rolls on the counter where you check out. Style Spy does loooooove her a Tootsie Roll.)

I'm crazy about this silly thing, I think it is fantastic.




It's a tailcoat! How fab is that?! It is an authentic band jacket (made by a company called Sol Frank) and it's in brilliant shape. Also, it came with this:


It's a dickey for the jacket and when it's all buttoned on it looks like this:



Which is not really the look we're after, but I get a tremendous giggle out of the fact that it's there at all. It's just one reason this jacket is better than the Balmain. Another reason? This:



This is the tag on the inside of the jacket. According to the tag, this jacket was part of the band uniform for a school called "Bellville," and was made for a young lady named Connie Prokoff. It says here that Connie was 5'2", weighed 120 pounds, has a 26" waist and a 28" inseam. Which is a lot of information to get about someone from her jacket, huh? But I am utterly and completely charmed by it. What instrument do we think Connie played? Petite as she was, I'm going to guess flute. See, this is the great thing about vintage clothes -- they have a soul, and a history.

The last reason this jacket is better than Balmain is that it did not cost anywhere even close to $11K. This is a very good thing in a jacket, in my opinion.

Now. Being as I already have a great band jacket, I'm feeling a little guilty about adding this one to the wardrobe. So I've decided to share the wealth and put it on offer to any of my readers who are ballsy fashion-forward enough to wear it (frankly, I think it's got Wendy B written all over it, but that's just me). If you love this jacket as much as I do, it's yours for 50 bucks and the price of postage. (It's heavy, I think once boxed up it's going to be about five pounds -- click here to calculate the cost of a five-pound package from Austin to wherever you might be.) I will send it internationally, provided you pony up enough postage, and don't forget to include the price for insurance in the postage calculation.

It's a fairly small jacket (like I said, Miss Prokoff was petite) -- it fits American size 4 me pretty perfectly. It isn't made to close up in the front unless you wear the ruffled dickey with it, so take that into account. If anyone has any questions about it, feel free to leave them in the comments here or contact me at shine at austin dot rr dot com.

I'll tell ya, between this and my lace t-shirt DIY, I'm starting to feel like I could take over at Balmain...



Images: Streetpeeper.com, Style Spy

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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just saw a picture of Beyonce wearing the Balmain. My jacket envy is gone.

Btw, guess how I ended up here? I was googling the pictures of toilet brushes. :D


-marja

Deja Pseu said...

Cute jacket! Too small for me, alas, but what a find.

dana said...

No, Style, you must keep this one. That grin you're wearing shows us the real Style, the one who's hiding behind a self conscious pose in all your other pics. That smile right there says it. This jacket is yours.

jC said...

It's fabulous! And so much better than the Balmain version because it's got a history: a provenance, I think they call it in the art world.
I agree with Dana: you must keep it. Your soul mate, the little girl who played the flute and went to Bellmore, wants you to!

Thank you for a lovely little story. AND for correcting my spelling! Email to follow...
xoxo

Thumbelina Fashionista said...

I am sick of seeing that Balmain jacket. THIS jacket, on the other hand, NOT sick of. I love that it has all of that info in it, so long as the poor girl's credit card number isn't on it too :) I agree with the other posters--you should keep it. That pic of you grinning ear to ear is priceless (which I can't say for Balmain!).

Toby Wollin said...

Hey, that's a great band jacket. My high school's colors were purple and white (go Purple Tigers!) and the band uniforms were creamy white WOOL with purple and gold piping, etc. etc. And of course the first march of the season was Memorial Day, followed soon thereafter by the June Is Dairy Month Parade. Not exactly 'creamy white wool' weather. On the other hand, during football season, they were a great deal.

The Haute-Shopper said...

What a great band jacket! I agree with the others... you must keep it. And unlike the Balmain, this one's pretty unique. Honestly, I think the Balmain jacket trend is just too much at this point. It reached the pinnacle of ridiculousness during Paris Fashion Week, when every woman seemed to be wearing them (and they could hardly fit in one row because of the stupid shoulders). I also witnessed women having to move sideways on a sidewalk to get their shoulders through.

And I love the tailocoat on this! I'm sure there's nothing wrong with having two band jackets ;-)

StyleSpy said...

Marja -- Um... Huh. I think I'd like to know more details, but maybe not...

Deja -- Oh, I'll be on the lookout for more of these.

Dana -- it did make me giggle...

Jill -- I dunno, I might have a friend in London who could fit it pretty beautifully...

StyleSpy said...

Thumbelina -- Well, it'll be in my closet until it finds another home. It's going to be months before it's cool enough to wear here, though...

Toby -- "June is Dairy Month Parade"? I am sorry I've never witnessed that.

H-S -- I am so loving the image of the jostling front row of overstuffed fashion editors. Hah!

Anonymous said...

You look better in yours - much - than the lady wearing the Balmain.