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


Christopher Ræburn

British designer Christopher Ræburn's label is the very embodiment of make do and mend. He's long focused as much or more attention on the means of his production as on the end result, and his perspicacity in sourcing deadstock materials and surplus fabrics has put him in a class nearly all his own. The downside has been that that class doesn't leave room for rapid evolution, but even that may be beginning to change. His line is now outerwear focused -having begun in 2008 as outerwear only- and the military-inspired parkas with which he began it (cf. ‘Camouflage’ exhibition at London’s Imperial War Museum) are still very much in evidence here. This season, they can boast insets of mesh. But the most exciting development this time around was the increased emphasis placed on new tailoring, from the more traditional single-breasted mac to a fine casual cotton suit jacket. They're two of the styles whose patterns were developed directly off of a surplus parachute. Those crafted of parachute silk will be available as limited editions; those made in recycled fabrics based on the original patterns will be more widely available. "I'm really proud of that part of the collection," Christopher Ræburn stated. "It's one way we can start to develop the design process". From the customer standpoint, there was just as much reason to be excited about the new colorblocked jersey polos (one with a macabrely hilarious print of dead critters, in reference to the -literally- stuffed animal Mr Ræburn creates every season; this season's was the owl) and recycled-cotton shirting. Growth is happening. That it can be hard to register on a runway may be argument for a different presentation format next time around.

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