The Columbia Signature Suit from Blaze
Posted by Caliah Lyon on October 16, 2007
Long ago, when I first saw Helmut Newton’s famous, iconic photographs of Yves’ Saint-Laurent’s "Le Smoking," I was utterly captivated by the imagery in those black and white photos. I don’t recall what age I was, only that that lean woman in her mannish, fiercely elegant suit, cigarette in hand – left a lasting impression. It was certainly so in the fashion world in 1966, when Yves Saint-Laurent released his first women’s tuxedo in his spring haute couture collection. Today, that legacy – of dressing women with elegance and power – is very much alive.
On Stephen: Blaze Columbia Signature Suit (Men’s) in Silver, Styles Penny from FNKY in Black. Hair: OC in Black Pearl, Influence by Naughty
On Caliah: Blaze Columbia Signature Suit (Women’s) in Black, Oxfords in Black from 1-800 Bettie’s. Hair: The Grammar in Pearl, Armidi
Blaze Columbia has long been known for his suits in SL, and I recall wearing his men’s pinstripe tux frequently. Earlier this March I dropped him a notecard suggesting that he make another luxury suit for women similar to the Le Smoking, hoping that I could feed my obsession. As time passed and my schedule filled up I almost forgot about my request, until I received an IM from him a while ago that he had released his own tuxedo for women – with a version available for men, as well.
The Columbia Signature Suit features a two-button jacket, a dress shirt with a lay-down collar, pants with smooth sculpted legs and a sculpted bow tie. The women’s version comes with a loose open blouse, and the men’s with an open jacket option. There are two sets of colours – the Rich Tones being more vibrant and saturated, the Earth Tones subtler and more muted, both ranging from light to dark. Amongst the darker colours the Slate suit from the Earth Tones selection is my favourite, as it is dark enough to pass as black or charcoal, but just light enough so you can see the suit’s details. The sculpted-leg pants are one of the best features of this suit – they’re slim, with a long silhouette, and can be worn well with other outfits.
The suits are now available at Blaze’s flagship store.
Blaze by Blaze Columbia, Blaze (71, 118, 23)
1-800 Bettie’s by Fey Fuller, Roosa (236, 24, 28)
FNKY by Funk Schnook, FNKY Cake (128, 43, 24)
Influence by Naughty by Lost Thereian, Naughty, (80, 168, 24)
Armidi Hair by Lola Marquez, Armidi (135, 127, 26)
Photos by Charron Marseille.