Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Style Inspiration From Neo

I saw the sci-fi film The Matrix when it was released in 1999, and while the film was chock full of amazing visuals, the thing that stuck with me the most was the costumes.  After watching that film,  I wanted a long, dramatic black coat like the one worn by Neo (played by Keanu Reeves, see image below), and wished I could rock a shiny, pvc one-piece like the character Trinity (on far right). 

Better late than never, I always say....

I'm past my pvc catsuit-wearing days, but I can definitely rock a dramatic coat

I spent two days in Toronto in early November and for part of that time I hung out with fellow blogger, Suzanne Carillo.  As we are both avid thrift shoppers, we had to fit in a visit to her local Talize.  I always go for the coat section first, and at one point I pulled out a large, very wrinkled black wool and nylon thing.  It didn't look like much (in fact, it looked like it had spent some time rolled up into a ball in the bottom of someone's closet) but it seemed like good quality, and I was intrigued enough to try it on.  It fit like a dream, so despite the dust and the wrinkles, it showed true potential.  A trip to the dry cleaners later, and it revealed its true, glorious self.   The brand is Creenstone, which was not one I was familiar with, so some research was in order.  Turns out it is a high end "outerwear specialist" based in the Netherlands, and their coats retail for $400 - $800.  Was I excited?  You Betcha, especially when I paid less than $20 for it.

It's a perfect weight for those "just above freezing" days, and the nylon "skirt" of the coat billows behind me when I walk, which makes me feel like the start of my own movie.

The curved lines in the back are incredibly flattering, and when you throw in the zipper and metal snaps on the sleeves you add a level of bad-assery to an already gorgeous coat.

It even has a light nylon hood that is concealed in the thick, standup collar.  I left the background unedited in this photo so you could see just how boring and colourless it was.  It definitely did not suit such a fabulous coat, so I had some fun playing around with the paint brush in Photoshop.

Excuse me, but I'm off to the Matrix to kick some ass.  See you next time.


  1. Awesome!! Thanks for sharing this incredible find!!

  2. What a great find, Shelley! Holy smokes, you are ready to freakin' jump across a building in that coat! It looks absolutely like it was made for you. I love it - isn't it incredible when you find such a great quality piece? How did it come to be donated? Who bought it? Such a mystery!

  3. Oh, so cool! I'd definitely have guessed that coat was made in the Netherlands! Perfect on you.

  4. It's a beautiful coat and it suits you. You did well. Brava!

  5. wowww, what a great find!, this coat looks Awesome and you rock in it!, I love all those details and zips and the flattering cut, and it's even more fabulous as it billows behind you when you walk, that's an extra dose of Fabulousness!!
    So glad that you get it! it looks like made for you!

  6. Born to be worn by you. Flabbergastingly awesome. So glad you found each other.

  7. I knew when you showed me this amazing piece how special it was. You just don't get those kind of fab design details on cheap fast fashion.

    That was my husband's favourite movie. When we were at Universal Studios they had his original long leather jacket and it isn't leather at all. It is fake and made out of a very light material so that it would move easily and create drama. Kind of like you in your dramatic coat : )


  8. You are awesome!! I loved Neo's coat in The Matrix. I often see alternative kids around town trying (and failing) to dress like Keanu in cheapo leather trench coats - they'd die if they saw you.
    What a find that coat was. xxxx

  9. So envious! That’s a wonderful coat. Nice catch!

  10. Wow! What a find. This is what keeps us on the hunt! You look absolutely fabulous in this high-end outerwear. Brava!

  11. I think I saw you recently wearing this (bus stop in the neighbourhood) and you looked amazing! Awesome find!

  12. Whoa!!! You are a star in this! This is major drama of the best kind. Swoosh! Good eye to spot this and see beyond its crumpledom. The details are gorgeous. The fit, divine. Majorly ass-kicking. And the stand-up collar. Yes. I love your photos.

    I always have good luck when I thrift shop with Suzanne. Especially coats, come to think of it. But I think you have luck with coats everywhere.

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