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


Umit Benan

Umit Benan said he's feeling "more open-minded, happier, lighter" these days -and not just because he has lost nearly 20lbs / 10kg. It was easy to see how jazzed he was by his new collection, 'Comandante', his latest meditation on masculinity. This one involved a little more fantasy than usual. The designer imagined Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, high on their victory over the dictator Batista, celebrating in a Havana nightclub over cigars and Cuba Libres (exactly what he did in his victory walk at the finale). He staged his show in a Peruvian restaurant on the outskirts of Paris. It looked right, like an old hotel in Havana. The models had an appropriately Latin appearance, too, although they were younger and slimmer than Umit Benan's usual casting. "I wanted it to look a little more fashion", he said. And maybe that meant it was more commercial as well. "Every single piece has something very identifiable", he added, most significantly in the way he used piping to lend some summery definition. But more defining still were the military-ish details : the tailoring with the slouch of a well-worn uniform, the shirt jackets with lapels and bellows pockets, the desert boots, the Army green, the Air Force blue... and the designer made his own uniform out of mutant pinstripes. If there was a pajama-like ease to the clothes, Umit Benan knows how to add just enough structure to secure shapely reassurance, as in the cream double-breasted at the end of the show. That said celebration. On Havana Club, of course.

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