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


Thaddeus O'Neil
feat. Matthew Sinnaeve by Henry Hargreaves

In his cozy, lounge-y showroom, housed in the honeycomb of the CFDA's Fashion Incubator space in the Garment District, Thaddeus O'Neil couldn't help but wax philosophical about surfing. He's practiced the ancient art all his life, having grown up in surfing enclaves around New England. For this season, the designer felt compelled to bring some of surfing's spiritual connotations to the fore, riffing on its romantic, nomadic, transcendental allure. Which is to say, if there's such a thing as boho-luxe men's swimwear, this is it -even if, during our walk-through, Mr O'Neil readily interchanged the word swimwear with surfwear and playwear; the much-maligned athleisure moniker probably applies, too. The concept came from Leonard Cohen's hippie-inspired 1966 novel "Beautiful losers", an ode to modern mysticism and indigenous cultures -"a eulogy to a lost Eden", he said. It's the kind of place you can imagine Thaddeus O'Neil's thinking man peacefully roaming, letting it all hang out in soft Italian linen jersey sweats, or even softer Japanese terry. So while the designer's ultrasuede board shorts can conceivably be worn in the water for a splash-about, they won't instantly dry like the tech fabrics of more athletic-minded trunks. Similarly, while a loose hooded cardigan with a "hazy ikat" pattern is ideal for breezy outdoor activities, it could just as easily work, he said, in "a New York gallery setting -in an uncalculated, artful way". A matching "jailbird" jacket and dropped-crotch trousers in indigo stripes looked equally relaxed, ready to dash between city and beach. Moccasins made with Minnetonka shoes were hand-painted by artist Cacho Falcon with quotes from the above book. And there was, naturally, a "cosmic" tee-shirt, printed with gaseous nebulae in pastel shades.

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feat. Matthew Sinnaeve by Henry Hargreaves
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