Happiness is to be found when in pursuit of it, in the soothed expectation, on the way, not only upon the arrival. Accepting detours, just going the way, which is anyhow not this obvious to anyone.
Thomas Bettinelli

Happiness is just a hairflip away.
Chris Crocker


"The way the system works now, you see the clothes, within an hour or so they're online, the world sees them. They don't get to a store for six months. The next week, young celebrity girls are wearing them on red carpets. They're in every magazine. The customer is bored with those clothes by the time they get to the store. They're overexposed, you're tired of them, they've lost their freshness".
Tom Ford


Homme fatal

Fashion Inc (part 3) : Armani

Since the mid-70s, when Giorgio Armani launched his eponymous label, his name has been synonymous with contemporary fashion and style. His is an empire employing 5,000 with an impressive rosta of different collections under the Armani moniker. The business remains proudly independent being one of the few remaining privately owned companies within this industry. His willingness to be involved in all aspects of his company and his attention to detail ensures his creativity has true global reach.

Upstreet (Paris)

French 1€ fash mag Upstreet has released its 64th issue going all back&white, which seems to be the new trend of the papers...


Sunday boy du jour : Jordan


Model : Danny Beauchamp (part 1)

Danny Beauhamp, 21 ½, grew up in an Islington housing association apartment in London with a single mother. His father, Robert Kilroy-Silk, a British millionaire politician refused to acknowledge him publicly when he was a child. Back in early 2003, Danny was standing outside Mickey D’s in Chapel Market when he was spotted by a scout. Since then, he’s done a zillion campaigns and managed to waltz down just about every runway from Paris to Milan, London to New York. You can see him in any fash mag. Sounds like he finally found his lucky star !



Eley Kishimoto

Welsh Mark Eley, 38, and Japanase Wakako Kishimoto, 42, have come a long way from their textile design roots on which they cut their first creative teeth to the world of high fashion for which they are known worldwide today. Forging their partnership in the early 90s the design team quickly gained a reputation for incisive and intelligent print design with their work being displayed on the catwalks of the world through work with Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen to name but a few. What with their unique take on design it is not surprising to see the team venture into other related fields such as interiors and architecture, not to mention car design with their involvement in the Volkswagen GTI sponsored launch of their menswear collection via entry in the Gumball 3000 rally.

Michael Bastian

Five years as men's fashion director for Bergdorf Goodman would be enough to give anyone invaluable insight into the mind of the male shopper, but Michael Bastian also relies heavily on what he fancies for himself. For this season, his second collection, that meant a look back at what he called "the perfect American sportswear" of Perry Ellis in the early 1980s, as well as his father's sporty style in the 1960s. (An old black-and-white photo of Bastian Senior playing basketball inspired the collection's neutral tones). Ellis's effortless combination of casual and formal has also become a Bastian signature, as evidenced by a tailored jacket with beat-up shorts, or a formal shirt with short sleeves. Michael Bastian's faith in a skinnier fit, meanwhile, was evident in items as varied as slimmed-down cargo pants, a tennis sweater, a suede fisherman's vest, and a big-zipped windbreaker (the designer called it the "Spielberg" after the director's on-set attire when he was making Jaws), unified by a sportiness that also looked good in a knit polo in the same mesh as a basketball jersey and a short-sleeved cashmere sweatshirt. Bastian's experience served him well with the tailoring (he's definitely feeling the suit for spring), but equally appealing were the funkier pieces in this big collection : frayed cut-off chinos with the boxer shorts built right in, cord low-riders, and a button-free rugby shirt.



After last season's not wholly successful move onto the catwalk, Jeff, John, and Sam (Josiah's gone north) went back to the tableau vivant format that allows them to create and control a complex narrative for their collection. This one had to do with a French-Canadian couple called the Duboces, scuba-diving adventurers who found a lost Hemingway manuscript in a sunken ship, and… Well, the story continued on, and a Cuban band played, and margaritas were served, and all in all, it was a less-than-typical fashion presentation. Still, what it made clear was how much a Trovata collection needs the weight of narrative to give it heft. Otherwise, the clothes were a fairly basic J.Crew proposition with a few winsome details: the red stitching on the buttons of a mini-trench, for example, or the signature printed lining in a white linen suit. The seafaring theme made itself felt in raw-hemmed cut-offs and striped tops (couple that theme with the faux family saga, and you ended up with a kind of Gilligan-meets-Lost scenario, with clothes to match). Cabled knitwear showed a new precision, but it was the accessories this trio found that added new layers. Espadrilles by a surfing buddy who designs under the label Toms Shoes and jewelry by Subversive had a louche indolence that suggested a summer misspent by the sea.

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