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

Sustainability is no mere easily professed brand value for Christopher Ræburn. It is now so integrated into his work that it often contributes to the aesthetic value of his garments. The Venn diagram emblem in this collection was a declaration of that, and he came up with a fine idea for a piece of clothing that will retain its newness however old it gets. Sweatshirts and parkas were faced with velcro panels. These are sold alongside a selection of patches stitched with the letters of the alphabet as well as motifs from this space-exploration themed collection, which can then be attached to the piece of clothing however the owner wants. The British designer used them to apparently let drop how he voted in the referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union : IN. Before we saw that diagram on the first womenswear look of the collection -another small step in the London menswear schedule's shifting orbit in the fashion space- Christopher Ræburn presented a series of spacesuit-inspired outerwear. These pieces were made from deadstock supply of Nomex, an industrial/technical fabric that's both fireproof and water resistant. Extra-hefty velcro webbing attached meatily-proportioned, zippered compartments to the arms and sternum, guaranteeing ease of access whether wearing spacesuit gloves or not. The strap-fastened sneakers and slides -a collaboration with Clarks- looked pleasingly futuristic too. The photo-realistic moon prints on dresses and shorts, plus the astro-graphic emblems on backpacks, were achieved by what Mr Ræburn called a "yarn blend comp weave". So these were not prints but jacquards, spun from a sustainable technical fabric. Tyvek, another industrial material, was used for crunchy finish shirting and shorts while repurposed surplus parachute silk formed the backbone of this season's REMADE capsule, which covered shorts, shirting and paneled skirts. Overall this collection felt a mission accomplished : Christopher Ræburn is retaining his geekily endearing yen for the functional-technical while broadening the scope of his business and staying truly sustainable too.

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