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



This was reportedly Chitose Abe's first ever Sacai men's runway show. That's patently untrue in the wider scheme of things, but true in that it's the first she has attended in person, to acknowledge the applause at the end. At a time when other designers are bowing out of doing menswear shows, it was interesting to see such a vehement commitment, both in terms of the designer's presence on the runway and in her obvious involvement in the design studio. Her clothes are by no means simple -they're worked, complicated and thought out. Often, when watching the show, it can take a minute or two to figure out exactly how it all works -where the pockets sit, where the buttonholes are, if that's a sweater or a shirt, or kind of both ? That's the conundrum of Sacai's trademark hybrid garments. You'd never figure the quiet, cerebral Chitose Abe to be a fan of a bit of the old ultra-violence, though. Stanley Kubrick's 1971 film "A clockwork orange" was a point of reference for her collection, with low-pulled bowler-style hats, Nadsat terms like "oddy-knocky" and "horrowshow" [sic] printed across tee-shirts. One look (dead-white bomber and skinny pants above heavy bovver boots) eerily channeled Kubrickian scenes. Those undertones gave a different context to the utilitarian bent of this outing. And, as opposed to the complexity of the dystopian linguistic gymnastics that characterized Anthony Burgess' original novel, these clothes were relatively simple. Chitose Abe rinsed out some of the extraneous design tricksiness inherent in her sartorial crossbreeds, so a jacket did single-duty as just that. The collection was still broad and the looks multilayered, but it was easier to imagine yanking everything apart into individual pieces. Hanging onto the Clockwork Orange references, it was interesting how Abe-sama made the familiar feel alien, just as Mr Burgess did with language. The references were standard military gear and the then–forward thinking sportswear of the Nineties, which now feels a little retro, crossbred with textiles pillaged from across the world -paisleys, American lumber checks, Afghan belt detailing, Aloha flowers, and the thick woven stripes of Central and South American gauchos. Chitose Abe's droogs get about. But in the end, you ditched the theme : get out of your Gulliver, put the book down, buy a jacket that's just a jacket. Good clothes, done well. Nothing more complicated than that needed.

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