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DESIGNING FOR A WORLD IN WHICH EVERYTHING HAS ALREADY HAPPENED.

Tom Ford FW:15 : The sleek 60's silhouette of it, Op Art dinner jackets, that tight little shearling.Tom Ford FW 15 : The sleek 60's silhouette of it, Op Art dinner jackets, that tight little shearling.

Jorge Luis Borges has nothing to do with contemporary menswear (though you never know, these days, which supremely ironic designer is going to dress an army of pretty boys in the author's signature sagging suits). Yet Borges once said something which is certainly true for fashion shows in this moment.

The Argentine writer proposed the idea that it is very possible that everything in the universe has already happened and we are nothing but on going echoes of that initial occurrence.

Looking at the calvacade of the Fall/Winter 2015 Men's shows with their assembly line precision amplified by their serial march of beautiful boys and girls, what a dedicated follower of fashion experienced was beyond deja vu. It was a great sense of a loop.

FASHION THAT ADMITS TO AN EMOTION.

There was something that took flight in this Dior SS 15 showing that moved Simons into the realm of the historic.There was something that took flight in this Dior SS 15 showing that moved Simons into the realm of the historic.

Do you notice how emotional fashion people have been this season? The ennui that made an emotional vacuum of the anti-spectacle of the Marc Jacobs. Tears at the Prada. Awe at the Dior. And then there was Phoebe Philo's honest and (gasp) heartfelt expression of uncertainty..or what Philo described to style.com as "being aware of the connection between creativity and risk".

As fashion has blurred faster and faster, moving now, almost at the speed of light, or at least fiber optic cables, it has felt as if it had also gotten more cynical. What used to be a tight little hermetic circle of taste and cool has been blown open to something of a mob scene with a lot of carelessness and crassness to go with it. But the true talent that anchor this industry had always held themselves to principles of both passion and excellence.

ALL ABOARD THE TRANSCULTURAL EXPRESS

In this FW14 collection, Thomas Tait signaled his blockbuster potential.In this FW14 collection, Thomas Tait signaled his blockbuster potential.

As the fashion circus hangs in high suspense between Milan and Paris , it begs the question... Taste and place, city and identity, in a world  compressed by the post-digital and the post-global , what does it mean anymore?

TI IS MAD FOR: PRADA JOURNAL

Books to furnish the elegant mind...TI is not mad at the proposition.Books to furnish the elegant mind...TI is not mad at the proposition.

"What are the realities that our eyes give back to us? And how are these realties filtered through lenses?"

TI Is Mad For: PRADA SPRING 2014: AN OP POP OPERA

Prada had a big answer for that haute/sportswear  conundrum in its Spring 2014 showing. Image via style.comPrada had a big answer for that haute/sportswear conundrum in its Spring 2014 showing. Image via style.com

Sportif. That's it, that's the tone of our latter day. Take it or leave it,

TI IS MAD FOR: Rem Koolhaas' furniture for Knoll

OMA chose the latest Prada fashion extravaganza to debut its new range of furniture for Knoll.OMA chose the latest Prada fashion extravaganza to debut its new range of furniture for Knoll.

The Luxury Ideal : (Post-Empire)

A vital luxury brand has to engage and reflect a contemporary world to maintain its relevancy.A vital luxury brand has to engage and reflect a contemporary world to maintain its relevancy.

The ideas about to be expressed are not all mine. They were gleaned during a dinner conversation at Kingdom in Bushwick, which is a pretty funny place to have a sustained conversation about "luxury".

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