Down jackets are getting a little full of themselves lately. They think they're high fashion or something, jumping from ski slopes to runways on the backs of models. I've never been fond of the puffer's shape (think: fat-making) but have always loved its generous warmth here in the upper east.
Puffers on the Men's Fall 2010 runways for Jil Stuart, Thom Browne, Etro, John Varvatos, and Emporio Armani
So, I'm glad designers are taking it and making it something a bit more special. A little quilting can go a long way in the winter, and forsaking fashion for warmth doesn't always appeal to vain city goers. But, as Bill Cunningham found out this week, you can always count on this city's denizens to keep things snappy, even coats originally based on a camping store's sleeping bags. Here, watch his interesting piece on the puffer: