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



Following a short hiatus, the Fayed brothers are back at Bespoken. Well, actually, James Fayed is sticking with the parent company, bespoke men's clothier Turnbull & Asser, while Sammy is jumping headlong into the younger line. This season, he said during a walk-through at the Turnbull & Asser showroom on East 57th Street, marks the relaunch -concentrated though it is in twenty looks- and his first offering as creative director. As before, the new Bespoken incorporates elements of both Savile Row and rock'n'roll. But James Fayed doesn't intend to beat anyone over the head with the rock part -although he could; he's a drummer in a band that plays gigs around New York. Rather, he lets the influences mix together naturally like polite company. Rigorously tailored dress jackets were paired with knee-length shorts à la "rude boys"; distressed denim looked appropriately worn-in against a citrus-print shirt; and a palette of evening blacks and navy blues blended organically with crisp Mediterranean shades. The right detail was never amiss, whether a rubberized button or reversible print. In London, Turnbull & Asser has outfitted upstanding gents for generations -monarchs, politicians, and celebrities ranging from Prince Charles to Winston Churchill to David Bowie. In 1962 it began dressing Sean Connery, among its highest-profile clientèle, for his portrayal of James Bond, a studio promo shot of which gave James Fayed an idea. He asked his friend, artist Hey Reilly, to alter that image for tee-shirt art -hence, one item with the Scottish actor peering out from behind an orange construction cone. That sort of cautious irreverence seems to be the new normal, the new formal for Bespoken, not that their designer needs to ride on anyone's coattails.

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