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



Despite Daisuke Obana's insistence that his collection for N Hoolywood was not politically motivated, you couldn't help but look at the trash heaps of human suffering shuffling down the runway in the homeless-themed show and immediately connect them with the buzzwords : refugees or travel ban. Nonetheless, lest anyone feel triggered, this was not intended to be exploitative or especially topical. Compelling in that all the categories at his, ahem, disposal -knits, coats, denim, sweats- were shown together, piled high on each dejected model. Daisuke Obana said he based the concept on his observations, while traveling to cities around the US, of those who lived on the street and how it seemed they wore much of what they owned all at once. He thought it was clever, this ability to adapt. Besides, he added, the homeless he observed were mostly gutter punks, a subculture with a unique style who choose, apparently, to live on the street. Taking apart those piles, there were plenty of outstanding pieces yet hard to notice : a camel parka; a mohair cardigan; a gray felt topcoat; a denim hoodie; acid-wash jeans (yes, they're back); a pullover (made with Danish company S. N. S. Herning) seamlessly crafted from three weaves; and space blankets -those silvery thermal throws- that he fashioned into a voluminous raincoat. Normally used in emergency situations, the space blankets probably explain a recurring print, that of a skyline with the words OUTDOOR, BE SAFE, and SURVIVE. Another print showed various American landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Statue of Liberty, 'Hollywood' sign, and so on, perhaps alluding to the often unrealized vision of the country as the promised land. Given that Daisuke Obana has previously tackled sensitive subjects, namely climate change, maybe he's having another prescient moment here, envisioning a future where homelessness isn't a taboo but the norm, a world where everyone stuffs their pants with all their earthly possessions and unironically totes around plastic trash bags (that can double as waterproof boots, according to the program notes). When pressed, he did say via translator that while working on the collection he thought about how the world is changing so fast, and not always for the better. Sure thing. But fashion shows are usually meant to make people dream, not to have them feel bored.

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