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


Siki Im
feat. Abiah Hostvedt by Robert Hamada

It's not often that literature informs a fashion collection; the worlds of film and music typically assume that role with zeal. But "The outsiders" (the coming-of-age novel by Susan Eloise Hinton, who was only 15 when she started writing it) proved too much in sync with Siki Im's current queer thinking and theories of inclusiveness for him to pass up. So said the self-described outsider, a German-born Oxford architecture grad of Asian descent, in his tranquil Soho showroom. The book follows two rival cliques of differing classes somewhere in Oklahoma, as narrated by Ponyboy Curtis, member of the lower-class gang, the Greasers. Perspicacious and ever-questioning, Ponyboy came to embody Siki Im's collection, an ode to struggling misfits everywhere who defy binary systems. "His minority group is different and queer", said the designer, who sees a lot of Ponyboy's traits in himself, "but he prevails by staying true to himself and his integrity". For this collection, a mix of the main line with the extension line, Den Im, Ponyboy's sensitive nature was embodied by a seamless commingling of unisex -not to be confused with androgynous- and cowboy themes. This was a curious yet captivating hash of slip dresses (which Siki Im calls cassocks), vegan-fur chubbies, and delicate kimono shapes with bolo ties, rodeo-style belts, quilted shirts, and slightly bow-legged trousers. The notion of dusty teenage ennui was further articulated with a recurring embroidered doodle, a bleary face taken from those Siki Im draws on napkins and the back of receipts. He said he also wanted to explore themes of quietness, solitude, and monasticism, as in large Teflon-coated cocoon coats, ponchos, parkas, and bombers. The seesawing between vulnerability and protection, and the cultural juxtaposition, jibed nicely and easily -particularly in this period of political and social tumult.

I'm reading: Siki Im
feat. Abiah Hostvedt by Robert Hamada
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