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


You As

How to tap into the seedy cool of Las Vegas, à la Tom Wolfe and Hunter S Thompson, without falling victim to its cheesy ick factor ? That was the self-commissioned challenge of young designer Tony Liu for his new men's label, You As, its open-endedness very much intended. A New York native who studied fine art in Chicago, he ably met the challenge in this compact, inspired collection. He started with the centerpiece, a mechanic's jumpsuit loosely based on Sammy Davis Jr's disguise in the 1960 casino caper Ocean's 11. Tony Liu's 'galactic' version, however, was decked out in 15,000 Swarovski crystals (800 packed into just one planet, he estimated), a cosmic showstopper around which all else orbited. Naturally any Vegas-themed collection will need Western denims, a studded black leather jacket, and at least one big-pocketed, gambling-ready slouchy bouclé cardigan -check, check, check. Another standout : pajama pieces in handsome desert flora prints, rendered in Sixties cinematic Technicolor (because, the designer said, "I love orange skin tone") and constructed from that most retro of synthetic men's fabrics, viscose. Tony Liu called these items 'heroes' and cited a few of his own, in particular Tom Wolfe. In the Sixties, the celebrated author -who often chooses Sin City's sordid confines as his literary setting- pioneered New Journalism, the rule-breaking, punctuation-busting method of writing that favored lurid subjectivity over hard facts. That's exactly what the designer is doing with his idiosyncratic approach, injecting the sometimes staid men's scene with a bit of neon fantasy.

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