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



This season's postapocalyptic Cottweiler mise-en-scène was set in an RV showroom in some remote burg not unlike Desert Hot Springs, the Californian town Ben Cottrell and Matthew Dainty spent time in while researching this collection. One by one, Cottweiler's off-the-grid desert dwellers drifted around the three vehicles and speaker stack in the middle of the runway. The irony was that many aspects of the gecko-decorated garments they wore were sourced from the very same vehicles they were eyeing up. Panels of cork-effect fabric (which actually contains the real thing, and is a Swiss-made technical fabric called Corkshell) were set into tracksuits to emulate the panels of a dashboard. RV interiors also inspired ridges of flock on a vest worn by a model carrying a jerrican, and the pattern on a dull knit-effect fabric used in leggings and a crop top. Minimalist, superlight technical pieces bristled with a utility belt's worth of pouches at the pocket line as if in accidental homage to Adam West. They were worn with spaghetti-strap backpacks, cross-body bags, and occasionally a cloak that looked to have been cut from plastic sheeting. There were two sneakers, both fruits of the designers' collaboration with Reebok. One was a tweaked reissue of the high-top slipper premièred at the last Pitti; the second was a new, two-shoes-in-one combination of Lycra gaiter and a frame-like safety overshoe as tough-looking as Ripley's power loader in Aliens. Great clothes for alt-life on the edge. Well done.

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