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


Orange Culture

The human body is a lonely house. Skin and bones have their own private and silent language of communication, and on the rare times in which they agree, they both produce emotions that become guests to this house. There is the chattering and whisperings, and all the muffled sounds of love and pain. But what about trust ? What noise does it bring to the house ? How does it make itself at home in our bodies ? "Do you trust me ?" -that is the question. Trust is often a difficult emotion to negotiate. Growing up in the metropolitan city of Lagos, Nigerian designer Adebayo Oke-Lawal learnt that the best space for trust was in the presence of spirituality, and not entirely in the brackets of domestic affections. This Orange Culture collection addresses this dilemma : the trust of spirituality, the trust beyond spirituality. These androgynous garments are mannered to wrestle with themselves over these concepts, upon their presentation. With some prints holding images of amoebas, Adebayo Oke-Lawal examines distrust as a bacterium that can creep into the human body, but also sees the human ability to trust in someone else, something with an exhaustible heartbeat, as a beautiful and sustaining thing -just like flowers and loud colors. The pieces in this collection vary, going from soft to hard; the soft ones connoting the positives of trust, the welcoming feeling of security and the surefootedness it allows, and the harder ones tell of its betrayal, its painful death, and the hard lesson to learn from it. Adebayo Oke-Lawal infused his own personal interpretations and understanding of trust as a complex human phenomenon through emotive fabrics; things that are reflective, arresting, as well as numbing. Floral, dark shadows, loud colors and unique shapes dominate this collection. These reoccurring factors chase the many stories through centuries of humans interacting with trust. "Do you trust me ?" is a rhetoric presentation. It is the silent conversation between skin and bones. It is the moment when, after being splintered by trust, they are in conversation with each other, negotiating with each other, unsure if to allow the human body to feel something like that ever again.

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