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



Emily Bode's last name-eponymous label (now two years old) is somehow otherworldly, despite being rooted, deeply, in the most familiar setting of all : one's own home and history. This designer's grasp on emotion and family ties, as well as research and immersion, puts her in a league of her own -not necessarily above the other upstart American labels, but certainly removed from the crowd. And, we get the feeling, that's exactly where she's comfortable. This season (like last one's delve into her family's Cape Cod, Massachusetts, home) plumbed the loveliest of cerebral associations regarding the domestic space : the attic. During the collection's development, Emily Bode went to Peymeinade, southern France, near Nice, to speak with her uncle's mother, who moved there after World War II. The woman told her that the attic represented her happiest memories -her own mother had resided there, as had her son. Thinking of it gave the woman a sense of completeness. "It ended up being this really beautiful story of coming to terms with mortality", said the designer. The clothes shone through that airborne ash with almost teary romance and fine-lined intellect and, for lack of a more eloquent phrase, flying colors. There was a raincoat made of Sixties-era vinyl taken from outdoor furniture. Its flowery pattern was as nostalgic and optimistic as you'd imagine. Toweling, also from those years, comprised a mustard-and-cream flowered jacket, while centuries-old linens were cut into sleep shirts. Shorts were made out of what appeared to be scalloped table linens. In the way that, say, Alessandro Michele at Gucci does curios on the catwalk with major scale, Emily Bode, too, albeit much more quietly, imbues her œuvre with such antiquity and texture that it is hard not to feel compelled by her approach and her narratives. Some items in Bode are one-offs. That's all the designer can find fabric for. Other pieces can be made in small runs, depending on how much of the textile she is able to find -nearly 150 fibers are used in this offering. All of the above goes to say : she is one of the most remarkable young names in the New York Fashion Week: Men’s mix, and her work is not to be missed.

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