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


Cédric Charlier

Of all things, an artwork depicting an insulation-pink Styrofoam La-Z-Boy sheathed in a gold-leafed plaster blanket inspired Cédric Charlier's collection. The piece, by the artist Todd Knopke (it's called "Felipe"), was motivating because of its "colors, and the nonchalance of the sofa... I wanted nonchalance and sophistication", said the designer. Who is now at a point where he's offering a full men's collection in addition to women's -both were shown at his Le Marais presentation in Paris, and both were quite good, especially in hitting that mellow-meets-mature sweet spot. For the guys, the idea proved itself in an airy, sporty space, but one defined more by stylistic ease as opposed to anything directly athletic. There were two standout pixelated-knit jumpers, one a wallpaper of peonies, another a vignette of cherry blossoms. They set the tone for what he called "overlap" between men's and women's -each was distinctly its own group but closely related. It was nice to see the sort of demasculinized, but still wearable, effect of a pinstriped and white-bibbed blouson or a bomber jacket with fragmented flowers sewn in detail across the back. There was even a hoodie that said "Boys" and "Girls", but spliced and combined -this may have been a little too literal and less on the "sophisticated" side he was going for. Womenswear was more straightforward -Monsieur Charlier included a glittery pink plissé skirt, a cargo denim skirt, a très chic jumper ribboned in rivers of gold sequins (stripes are his thing), and a lot of easy, breezy cotton pieces, too. Most everything had salable appeal, and, while fans will recognize Cédric Charlier's imprimatur, the only note is that, together, these collections lacked slightly in definition. A bit more risk-taking in terms of visual ownership might help to attract new eyes and wallets.

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