French Vogue editor Emmanuelle Alt, above, knows the appeal of a gold-button blazer or coat. It’s a look that can be timeless and sophisticated, think Yves Saint Laurent, or with the right accessories, a little rock’n’roll, imagine Jimi Hendrix. A gold-button blazer has universal appeal; many style icons—Lee Radziwill, Nan Kempner, Ines de la Fressange, Catherine Deneuve (the list goes on and on) have worn them. Should you splurge on a well-made one? Absolutely, it is a wear-forever piece. Money spent on a classic is always money well spent.
top center photo, courtesy The Sartorialist.