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



Of all the forces reshaping today's wardrobe, climate change is possibly the least considered among designers. Certainly, it's the least understood. But N Hoolywood's Daisuke Obana tackled the troubling topic head-on with this collection, addressing the "extreme heat and extreme cold conditions" we now face, he said post-show via translator. A red laser beam piercing the length of the runway set the ominous tone. To start, the designer dispensed with distinctions between Fall and Spring, to "mix up the seasons". Hardly the first time this has been proposed, the idea is nonetheless gaining traction. To Daisuke Obana, a seasonless collection meant a preponderance of nylon and plastic, a uniformity of oversize proportions, a loosening up of tailored pieces, and a palette of cold reds and warm blues. One exaggeratedly nubby sweater with a built-in scarf wrapped around the model's head looked like it could withstand any possible climate, Arctic or otherwise. Bags were more of a focus this time, in particular a large envelope bag made out of a parachute case, including instructional lettering on the side. Daisuke Obana said he was awestruck by the snowstorm in New York that dumped the second-most snow in recorded history (after a blizzard in 2006). But doomsaying isn’t his style. Rather, he prefers to err on the side of quiet pragmatism, believing that advances in man-made materials are the way forward for fashion. For instance, his performancewear collaboration with Reebok that also made its runway début : lightweight shirts; pants; and, soon, sneakers with fur print, perhaps addressing another of fashion's persistent dilemmas, the use of fur.

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