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



Malibu 1992's Stefano Tarantini aka Dorian Gray is sort of a mass culture encyclopedia for all things glamorous and salacious combined. His show, only his second collection ever, wrapped together a madly enjoyable missive of sex, drugs, music, and Chateau Marmont -the West Hollywood hotel of tabloid notoriety. He wanted the feeling of it being 6:00am, either at the end of an all-nighter or heading out for an early exercise, in front of the inn's 8221 Sunset Boulevard address. "Really, I was thinking about the ghosts of the Marmont. And there are a lot of them", he said. The associations therein : "religion, surf, luxury, melancholy, goth culture, and fitness". He succeeded with the obvious (and brilliant) hoodie and tee-shirts that had 'Chateau' printed over the hotel's famous etching, and with the less evident, like spandex shorts worn with a tailored black blazer made of silk and see-through PVC. The whole presentation evoked that revelry-into-recovery intent with a weird, singular decadence. A specially developed jacquard, for example, had a medieval axe hidden in the pattern -recalling the grotesque taste of some Los Angeles homes- while a coat was described as the color of "an emergency door", sort of a hospital gray. Throw in references to early-Nineties Dolce & Gabbana and Moschino (Mr Gray isn't afraid to say he's inspired by other designers), and what you get is something fascinating. His pop sense, and his ability to smooth it out into something appealing, is what will keep Malibu 1992 going. We're pretty stoked to see what's next and now have a sudden hankering to book a ticket to LAX.

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