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 Shannon

"The one good thing about fashion is that it is international -you get to work with people from everywhere". Christopher Shannon, the Liverpool-born, London-based designer, was briefing us about his response to the chaotic uncertainties of the post-Brexit, pre-Trump world, the inevitable factors that are the main subject hanging over the first cycle of fashion shows of 2017. Liverpool, like London, voted to remain in Europe, just as New York and California voted Democrat. "I'm proud of that", said the designer, but his own response to the creative predicament that poses is to be down-to-earth. "I made a promise to myself, a rule to be quite straightforward. I want to make clothes, not drama". Mr Shannon's reaction was to deal with reality and stay with the lads, starting by looking around at the young men he's surrounded by every day in the polyglot East End of London, where international money is still being poured into construction work. "The builders and couriers, their hoodies and tracksuits, the faded soft neons they wear. You pass them and hear all these different accents and languages being spoken", he said. That's an attitude the Muslin mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, would heartily endorse. He opened London Fashion Week Men's with a pledge to back creativity in the capital -which crucially involves defending the city's thriving diversity, as championed in the #Londonisopen campaign, which city hall launched immediately when the Brexit threat to immigration reared its ugly head last summer. Christopher Shannon's pragmatic remedy was a brightly patchworked, color-blocked sportswear and manual labor -inflected collection- jean jackets, painter's overalls, nylon cycle tops, and padded jackets, spiced with unmissable shots of his mordantly subversive Liverpudlian sense of humor. His continuing line in tee-shirt slogans delight in not mincing words. He slyly mimicked brand logos -his own initials, CS (rather than CK), subtitled "Constant Stress"; a Timberland-like font became Tumbleweed; and a tracksuit was mock-branded LOSS International. And of course, there was plenty of ambivalence about the social disenfranchisement of the post-industrial globalization that has hit swathes of the north of England, causing the anti-European vote to bite. Some of the models' faces, plastered in shredded remnants of nationalistic flags, said that -as did the Pete Wiley and KLF electronica soundtrack, with its naming of northern towns and industrial background noise. Yep, Christopher Shannon's no Pollyanna. All's certainly not right with the world, but this was a cheerful fightback in the face of a tough situation. "Yeah, it's sad", he concluded. "But I didn't want it to be miserable".

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