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



In Tokyo, what you wear to the office is in many ways a group effort, and Japan's community of professionals dress in hive mind uniformity; the hordes of suited salarymen boarding the Chuo Line each morning is testament to that. DressedUndressed's collection riffed on the city's community of hard workers and showed formal officewear that was reappropriated for the street, undoing a little of that desk-chained discipline. Whether a salaryman suit or a schoolgirl's sailor top, professional uniforms are crucial in Tokyo, explained Takeshi Kitazawa, who founded the brand with codesigner Emiko Sato in 2009. "I wanted to bend the rules a little", he said, the rules in this case being the many morals and manners expected in Japanese society. Still, it wasn't an all-out office rebellion so much as a few subtle updates intended to deconstruct the classic work wardrobe. The result was a collection of sultry streetwear with desk-job roots; perhaps we've finally reached the point where editors can put down their pens when it comes to day-to-night dressing. Although some pieces were more direct in the revamped workwear approach (a double-breasted black trenchcoat had an entire sleeve sliced off), the finer wearable tweaks were more seductive : billowing culottes were slit just above the knee, and silk, black lace–trimmed chemises peeked out from oversize office shirts in cornflower blue. The best moments, though, came courtesy of the intact car coats and camel trenches, whose too-big shoulders cut a satisfying silhouette, their belts trailing on the floor and worn with thigh-baring short shorts and breezy pencil skirts. This new casual silhouette played out strongly in the menswear, too, where suits were styled with shorts, calf-high socks, and baseball caps emblazoned simply with the word community.

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