A blazer is pretty much the most versatile piece in your wardrobe. It can elevate your most schlubby jeans and T-shirt outfit, be the workhorse (pun intended) in your office layering arsenal, or add a natty menswear vibe over a long evening gown. In fact, it seems to be the key to dressing like a street style star. But it's all about finding the right blazer. After all, the fit, the tailoring, the accents are all so important. And the basic black blazer can sometimes feel so, well, basic.
Leave it to a trifecta of former Italian fashion editors to come up with the most inventive, creative, and drop-dead gorgeous takes on the wardrobe staple. And the founders—Milan-based Corrada Rodriguez D'Acri, and Delfina Pinardi and Sole Torlonia, who live in Rome—have a clever sense of humor. The friends named their company Blazé, a mash-up play of the too-cool-for-school word, blasé. For their line, the Italian trio was inspired by the storied history of the blazer, from Victorian-era British military coats to Coco Chanel's personal style to Old Hollywood icons, including Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly in the 1953 film Mogambo.
The Blazé concept is fairly straightforward. The line features four core cuts and silhouettes: the more traditional double-breasted Everyday Blazer; the double-breasted Weekend Blazer in more casual, but still opulent, textures like cashmere, linen, and silks; the louche belted Midnight Smoking; and the safari-inspired Colonial Blazer. Basically, all kinds of blazers for whatever your mood (broody, mysterious, or flirtatious) and occasion (power networking, dinner with the besties, or weekend in the Hamptons). In keeping with the true blazer spirit, matching pants are optional.
To keep the collection fresh, the brand also introduces new styles each season. For fall 2016, there's the boxier, cropped, and double-breasted Spencer Blazer, inspired by elegant ladies of the 17th century and the The Great Coat Blazer, a midi-length and four-buttoned take on the outerwear worn by cabin boys. Appropriate for the cold weather season, textures include lush velvets with stunning embroidered detail, soft double wool crepe, and free-spirited woven raffia. The sumptuous color palette features refined camels, rich inky deep blues, natty navy and red pinstripes, and a cheeky leopard print. Plus, the Midnight Smoking enjoys some extra flair with soft, rich velvet and sexy, swingy fringe—definitely not your average old topper.
No matter the season, all Blazé blazers are handmade by Milanese crafts-people and made-to-order. Each piece has an original number on the inside and is customizable with your initials in your choice of color and font. Fancy. No wonder the coolest of cool girls are wearing Blazé Milano, including model and fashion muse Caroline de Maigret and Monaco royal, equestrian and granddaughter of Grace Kelly (it all comes full circle) Charlotte Casiraghi.