Season after season, designer Demna Gvasalia continues to churn out attention-grabbing style and troll-level garments in equal measure. Whether it’s those Balenciaga boot-cut jeans or a $1,000 Vetements Snoop Dogg tee, Gvasalia isn’t afraid to ruffle the Internet’s feathers. There has been much discussion whether the designer is in the business of fashion or memes, and his latest handiwork walks that very line between jawn and joke.
The item in question? A fluorescent puffer jacket that can be unzipped above the waist and transformed into an overstuffed crop top of sorts.
The neon-hued jacket comes in dazzlingly bright shades of green and pink, with big down-filled panels and large welt pockets. Those details are enough to earn status as a head-turning garment, but Vetements is going to Vetements, and that means even more over-the-top details. The zippered fastening within the panels is stealthy; you wouldn't know it existed unless you already knew it was there. All it takes is a quick zip, and the waist-length coat is down one puffy panel and hiked up into a much shorter jacket. It reminds me of those ’90s cargo pants that could transform into shorts, except made to court the high-fashion crowd. Without this detail, it's merely a loud jacket—but with one zipper, Gvasalia has turned a familiar style into an item that's one of a kind in its eccentricity.
Even as we enter the new age of sexy menswear, cropped tops (including jackets) still feel like one of the last untouched corners of fashion for men. We’ve seen sheer button-up shirts and unbuttoned tops on the men’s runways, but a short-hemmed top still feels subversive. It’s worth noting that as iconoclastic a designer as Gvasalia seems, the big style and neon colors are reminiscent of Prada’s recent Linea Rossa reboot. And a cropped top isn’t completely foreign to menswear’s lexicon: America’s problematic hunk Mark Wahlberg donned a short tee in a 1990s Calvin Klein ad; Prince was known to rock a tight-fitting crop from time to time; and Kid Cudi once performed in a cherry-red crop top at Coachella.
Gvasalia has taken a beloved cold-weather staple and remixed it into something new. The crop-top puffer coat isn’t going to be for everyone, but Vetements diehards and fashion-meme makers are sure to love it.
Originally Appeared on GQ