Susa, one of those films shocks viewers awake, is a film mirroring the struggles in modern Georgia through a 12-year-old boy’s eyes. Hand-held shots, pale color tones and minimalistic cinematography produce more than realistic scenes that are captivating and awakening.
Susa (Avtandil Tetradze), the little skinny good boy, is in need of protection and shelter from his father; however, his father’s return has granted him neither. He is angry, frustrated, and sad, but he will not comprise and give in. The film opens with Susa making a kaleidoscope from shattered glass bottles, long silence until the introduction of his friend, Juja. Director Rusudan Pirveli is not shy about revealing Susa’s affection toward Juja. Juja is the temporary father figure to Susa, although, despite the age difference, Juja might be the only friend of Susa’s. Going through harsh weather, working underage, and being bullied on the street, Susa is hardened inside out. As viewers start to perceive Susa as a warrior of life, the film ends with his momentary collapse fighting with his boss; viewers are left wondering if Susa’s disappointment of his father’s return will end him badly, but a seed of hope for Susa to survive and to thrive has been planted.
Some may argue that designers will eventually grow out of the favor and become the history, however, there are so many strong cases arguing that fashion designers are as everlasting as world-class scientists, award-winning authors, and many other big names imprinted in the human history forever. Jil Sander set up another great example to prove this when she returned to her own label.
While the fashion industry is pretty much dominated by British, French, and Italian designers, American and Belgian artists are thriving to make sure people have a taste of waffles and pancakes. However, Germans seem lack the ability to make themselves stand out in this competitive business. Huge Boss became something for teenage brats with parents who are doctors or lawyers. But Jil Sander is about to change the dynamic and put German on the table. Raf Simons was great, however, Jil Sander is simply better. Modest, simple, sportive, powerful, strong, and Sander’s designs are skilled, gifted, and loved.
Heard too much about Hedi Slimane being the revolutionist, however, I was still worshiping Levi’s and Nike when he left Dior Homme. When Slimane crossed Yves off Yves Saint Laurent, he has already succeeded. People started to literally stare at him for some fashion miracles. There are designers who can design beautiful clothing and designers who are born to rein the fashion industry. Slimane’s return to YSL was his declaration to take control of the modern fashion industry, especially mens’ fashion.
While other designers are exploring new territories, Slimane presented another collection quite identical to what he has been known for, skinny tailoring, skinny pants, great leather jackets, and long coats. Even the colors are pretty much the same as the previous F/W collection, however, the whole show was still something intriguing. A wild and rugged luxury. Models walked on the show were not those typical pretty humans, but more like those who have been living on the edge and blessed with weirdness and uniqueness. No matter how ridiculous those pieces look on the deadly skinny models, I am confident that every piece will be very wearable with some attitudes attached.
When Kris Van Assche took over Dior Homme at a quite tender age, the linkage between a giant fashion power house for menswear and rock n’ roll cold turkey vanished and gradually a new marriage of sophisticated French menswear and well rehearsed symphony became favorably celebrated. Van Assche’s religiously guarded attitude toward simplicity might not favor many Hedi Slimane’s hardcore fans, but he is still the head designer for Dior Homme, which means he must be doing things right.
The newly showcased collection from Van Assche for Dior Homme is somewhat surprising, and people can even see denim on the runway. If you see a pair of jeans on the runway, there must have been something really wrong unless it is a Dior Homme Show. While many other designers went for a bubbly and happy winter, Van Assche was still working around with uniform liked pieces. However, those dots and stitched-on patterns are stunning without being excessively overwhelming. The whole collection is still filled with enough fun military themes. Comparing to previous two F/W collections, this collection is like a throwback to when Van Assche first took control of the label and a little bit more Slimanish in a Van Assche way, somewhat rugged and slender. Very interesting on the eyes, and definitely something special on the bodies.
Posted in le style
Tagged Dior, Dior Homme, fashion, fashion week, Hedi Slimane, Kris Van Assche, Life, luxury, Menswear, money, Paris Fashion Week, saint laurent paris, style, YSL