Floater Jacket

Floater Jacket

>>  Manuela Dack's initial collection/s first impressed me via Machine-A, her sole stockist when I tried out one of her lovely lovely leather jackets that had the simplest of juxtaposition by way of a sheath of pleated chiffon running down as a panel.  So, why ruin a good thing when you're first getting started, eh?  Dack has extended this style to a bigger jacket selection for S/S 11 and presented it as a film/photo/hanging jacket installation during LFW.  Nothing intense or complicated to analyse here other than these jackets contrast the perfect amount of tough and soft with each other.  Having tried on a jacket from the previous collection too, I can attest to the protective as well as delicate qualities of the jacket.  I suppose in the scheme of many, MANY leather jackets, it's hard to be 100% stand out and original. However, with Dack's touch of chiffon in shades of lilac, nude and black floating along the front and sleeves of a jacket that doesn't look too 'stiff' or 'hard', it goes right to the core of what I'm personally looking for in a leather jacket that doesn't have too many of those conontations that come with the rest of the leather jacket pack…


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(All photography by Christina Smith)


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  1. SJ

    2010-10-09 at 10:57 PM

    wow I love it it’s amazing!

  2. diane

    2010-10-09 at 11:15 PM

    It’s an interesting design, to be sure. But to me, it’s like a built in scarf without the benefit of keeping your neck warm. On warmer days, over a simple sheath or worn over a turtleneck might be a good way to wear this one.

  3. Nickie Frye

    2010-10-09 at 11:25 PM

    I agree w/ Diane. It looks like a scarf to me, which isn’t a problem provided you can take it off. Which, it sounds like you can’t. The shape of the jacket is really pretty though.

  4. Cara

    2010-10-09 at 11:37 PM

    These are gorgeous. Not like any other leather jacket.

  5. Gian Cruz

    2010-10-09 at 11:40 PM

    It adds a nice ethereal feel! It’s a stroke of genius that inclusion of a pleated sheath!!!

  6. lolita

    2010-10-09 at 11:46 PM

    so beautiful, it seems like it really shouldn’t work but it does!
    read your article in pop and enjoyed it- great choices

  7. Stylista

    2010-10-09 at 11:52 PM

    I like how the soft chiffon is contrasted from the harder, edgier leather. It’s a nice design, although I can’t see myself wearing it.

  8. Rania@FashioningFaith

    2010-10-10 at 12:28 AM

    Interesting jackets! I like the last picture, when it combines with soft chiffon sleeves too… 🙂

  9. cococollage

    2010-10-10 at 2:00 AM

    I like it and all but feel like it should be shorter. Those are some damn dangerous floater sleeves after all. Think Tube, Taxi, Lift; Problem
    Then again nowhere does it say this is ‘ready to wear’. Could it be just for our viewing pleasure?

  10. cintantya

    2010-10-10 at 7:46 AM

    visit mine 🙂

  11. A.

    2010-10-10 at 10:28 AM

    Not really related to this post but you, like everyone else, should really watch this documentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqxENMKaeCU&feature=related

  12. susie_bubble

    2010-10-10 at 12:05 PM

    Diane/Nickie: It’s definitely not supposed to be a scarf because of the way it’s sewn onto the jacket…. I tried on one for a shoot and it’s basically supposed to be a panel that hangs for embellishment… I quite like that it serves not purpose though other than to soften the jacket…
    Cococollage: Hehe… like THOSE practical problems ever got in my way…

  13. Penny Dreadful Vintage

    2010-10-10 at 1:01 PM

    Oooh, I really like it! I understand what others are saying, but draping is usually quite pointless – we wear dangly things because they are beautiful! I really like the way they have livened up a basic cropped jacket, these would look fantastic with plain trousers or a loose dress.

  14. indie

    2010-10-10 at 1:02 PM

    I am having a small heart attack, how gorgeus are those!

  15. Lina

    2010-10-10 at 3:09 PM

    You are so cute!
    Like your blog 🙂

  16. stephanie

    2010-10-10 at 10:23 PM
  17. AngieMontreal

    2010-10-11 at 5:19 AM

    I can understand why they extended the style to a bigger selection, that is one pretty perfect jacket. This is a style with some serious legs!

  18. Karina

    2010-10-11 at 6:40 PM

    Hi Susie! I was wondering if you knew how much those jackets retail for? They are so gorgeous!

  19. Manuela

    2010-10-12 at 6:06 PM

    Hi Everyone, thank you for your lovely comments, it’s great to read a bit of constructive criticism too. We are already in the development stages of making the chiffon section detachable you’ll be pleased to hear!
    Also we are producing limited edition runs of each jacket that was showcased at our LFW presentation, avaiable for pre order soon. Please contact us via out website manueladack.com for more information and to request an order form.
    I hope that answers some of your questions,
    Thank you! xxx

  20. Family Lawyers Melbourne

    2010-10-13 at 7:50 AM

    great stuff, the models look so sad, but the jackets are absolutely stunning

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