J. Sabatino is Cool

Posted in fashion, music by okkame on December 18, 2010


Splurging on fancy fashion goods at Barneys fairly contradicts the latest mail order from Volcanic Tongue but a dialectical resolution can be reached through my transfarian pipe dream. I am capable of residing in that dream state, as long as Perfection of Perplexion spells last. I have been meaning to say this for some time;  Perfection of Perplexion is the Hipster Runoff for the highbrows. It offers you true “Links to relevant stories 2 make u more authentic & culturally connected” much more authentically and eruditely than Hipster Runoff promises. This is not a brazen statement. The simple truth is worth being recited now and then even at the risk of its debasement, for it tends to be overlooked.



Presented during the latest New York Fashion Week, Jay Sabatino’s very first menswear line reflects his cinema lover background (“Permanent Vacation” by Jim Jarmusch and “Blank Generation” by Ulli Lommel were big references to the creation of this collection), everything mixed up with a nice touch of vintage – from some blogger.



What all these smirks, folded arms and staged detachment are trying to insinuate? The reemergence of the Lower East Side attitude that literally made James Chance charge through the audience with the object of packing a hard punch in Anya Phillips’ wide face, only to be intimidated by her insurmountable uppitiness?


Although lonelier, less deplorable on his own.


“The relegation of No Wave in 2010; merely a foot note to a fashion show.”




wow. The 3rd one slays !



Despite no experience at all, I’m convinced of my top notch DJing capacity. I want to play the song below at a cocktail party of the former LES hipsters.


John Lurie – Big Trouble



 J. Sabatino:


from Fader


The Big Apple’s haphazard bluster is easier to impart with loose jazz than stiff cotton, but J. Sabatino’s designs feel like a combination of both—cuts and cloth seemingly more riffed than sewn. Sabatino, who spent much of his youth in Manhattan in the late ’70s and early ’80s when frumpy dandies like Jim Jarmusch and John Lurie lounged around the LES, conjures the cracked pavement poetry of that disheveled era with boldly patterned suits and slouchy mohair jackets. And he does it all 7,000 miles from New York City.

Sabatino first honed his chops as a window dresser and vintage buyer in New York boutiques, but his skills eventually brought him to Tokyo where his eye for detail was rewarded in the niche-obsessed capital. He ended up settling there, absorbing the locals’ dizzyingly accurate and specific fashion appropriations. “You walk down the street in Tokyo and see history,” Sabatino says. “You’ll see a cowboy guy walking next to ’80s hip hop guy next to an Ivy League prep.” With his line, Sabatino funnels his New York through a Japanese filter, like fever dreams of movie scenes and old photos.

The shabby sophistication of Sabatino speaks to the person frustrated by thrift store finds that inspire but don’t always fit. He also encourages the thrifter’s spirit of not being too precious with your clothes. “I want to do suits that are washable and wearable, almost like denim jackets,” he says, “suits that have a slept-in elegance.” The eccentricity of a wide, short pant or a sulking jacket makes them pleasant urban foils to the buttoned-up Americana that’s been overwhelming menswear of late. “It’s more about the attitude of the guy and less about designing a uniform or costume,” Sabatino says. “You’ve got to be your own stylist, and all I do is try to design some of the tools to do that.”


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