BREAKING THE ICE

At long last, the puffer jacket has hit a fashionable stride.

The humble puffa (or puffer) jacket. Consistent with necessity being the mother of invention, its inception was 1936, its creator one Eddie Bauer who needed to stave off hypothermia out fishing, patenting it as the “Skyliner.” Two years later, Charles James, a British-born, American-based haute-couturier elevated eiderdowns and traditional bedwear to salon-worthy cocktail attire, calling it the “pneumatic jacket.” Since then, despite cameo roles at street smart 1980’s Moncler and a nod or two by Norma Kamali, never the twain shall meet. 

Until recent winter runways, where that mother of invention herself has reappeared as fashion’s anti-freeze godmother, namely by Balenciaga and Acne, and for this coming cold season, co-opted by brands from high to low and all in between. Finally, finally—form actually follows function. The designers are on our side: velvet, lace, embroidery, oil slick patent, metallics; mens, womens or gender-neutral versions; all bases and price points are covered.

Baby, it’s cold out there. But cozy as hell inside. Take a look.