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


Ann Demeulemeester

Sometimes written on the garments, at others on the bodies of the men and women who wore them, the capitalized phrase I AM RED WITH LOVE declared Sébastien Meunier's mood at this Ann Demeulemeester show. "Rebel in love", the designer semi-clarified backstage. "Love is a colorful emotion for me. And we can say also I am black with love. But we blush and we become a bit red when we are in love, so there is all of that. I wanted to give something that was a bit shy -emotion, charming emotion". There was certainly a torn romance to this monochrome-dominated (but red-flashed) collection. Ribbons and chainlets of beads tipped with dyed red feathers hung from loose, soft asymmetrical outfits. The broad wide and ruffled arm shape on a silk shirt was revived as a stand-alone sleeve later in the show. White silk standards printed with a bird or disassembled abstracts -and possibly at one point a photograph of a dog- were draped around bodies like flags to signify deep meaningfulness. There were some attractive multi-fabric patterned military jackets in a burgundy-touched red. You could slightly worry for these rebels in love : so many trappings hung so loose and long from them that the wonderful cautionary montage from "The Incredibles", about the perilous impracticality of capes, sprang to mind. But health and safety are the sometime enemies of artistry, and a number of Sébastien Meunier's delicate disassemblies did show artistry consistent with the Demeulemeester code of wearable angoisse. Well done !

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