The label that'll change up your work wardrobe this year
Growing up as locals of Singapore's shores, blazers (or jackets, in British spirit) were never a garment we were taught to incorporate into our daily sartorial lexicon — humidity being the largest culprit. If us Singaporeans could go about our day decked in tank tops and slippers in name of beating the heat, we would. And boy, did we; it was a sartorial epidemic with an ironclad hold over get-ups of the '90s and '00s.
While we've since wisened up — leaving the tanks for layering, slippers for the beach — any occasion that calls for "formal" dress codes still bestow anxiety upon the best of us. Is this dress too short? Why are work clothes so boring? Should I wear a pantsuit instead? Will I look like my mum's doppelgänger, returned from the '80s?
Play it right, and the blazer becomes your armour. Sharp, uplifting, wonders for the silhouette and confidence. But like best of things, while great blazers don't grow on trees, they too are nothing more than a well-kept industry secret or, by virtue of lack of mass interest, vastly underrated.
So meet Blazé Milano, the label that you deserve to know, founded by former members of the Elle Italia team. With just four seasons under their belt (early brand adopters include The Man Repeller's Leandra Medine), the formal garment might be their bedrock, but the name Blazé (as in blasé) is clue enough as to the rakish stance the designers favour. Double-breasted jackets worthy of the boardroom come in floral-printed silk, and the severity of evening blazer dresses are tempered with robe-like waist ties. They are cut by hand in Milan, but inspired by English fabrics and patterns. The latter also where the first blazer in modern history saw light — earning its name after the University of Cambridge's boating club chose a 'blazing' red for its blazers in 1825.
The blazer's contemporary homage however, is set to make ripples far wider; Blazé Milano debuts on MATCHESFASHION.COM today in digital fashion. An online trunk show, purveying the brand's 10-piece exclusive edit for the e-tailer via a shoppable video. Browse below, then go forth and shop. The ball is in your court.
Available on MATCHESFASHION.COM from 18 January.