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Watching Details Move Through Time at Anrealage | The Cutting Class. Anrealage, AW12, Tokyo.

Anrealage, AW12, Tokyo.

In the same way that some of the Futurist artists used stuttering lines to indicate speed and movement, Japanese label Anrealage was able to give the impression of blurry human movements, seen as though captured through the passing of time…

I wouldn’t argue that it’s an intrinsic quality because I don’t subscribe to any form of essentialism.  Of course it’s contextual.  Like the proverbial pornography, “I know it when I see it.”  An aesthetic quality like this is discernible but not precisely defined.  So I throw around the terms loosely.  In a way, to define them to myself.

A gallery list of footwear on my wishlist.
I sold my Guidi 988 boots because they were a full size too big for me.  I had been wearing them with 2 insoles but it was time to send them along.
They’re still on my list of footwear that I want in my rotation.  988s are a great looking boot that occupy a weird limbo between povera and futuristic. A gallery list of footwear on my wishlist.
I sold my Guidi 988 boots because they were a full size too big for me.  I had been wearing them with 2 insoles but it was time to send them along.
They’re still on my list of footwear that I want in my rotation.  988s are a great looking boot that occupy a weird limbo between povera and futuristic. A gallery list of footwear on my wishlist.
I sold my Guidi 988 boots because they were a full size too big for me.  I had been wearing them with 2 insoles but it was time to send them along.
They’re still on my list of footwear that I want in my rotation.  988s are a great looking boot that occupy a weird limbo between povera and futuristic. A gallery list of footwear on my wishlist.
I sold my Guidi 988 boots because they were a full size too big for me.  I had been wearing them with 2 insoles but it was time to send them along.
They’re still on my list of footwear that I want in my rotation.  988s are a great looking boot that occupy a weird limbo between povera and futuristic. A gallery list of footwear on my wishlist.
I sold my Guidi 988 boots because they were a full size too big for me.  I had been wearing them with 2 insoles but it was time to send them along.
They’re still on my list of footwear that I want in my rotation.  988s are a great looking boot that occupy a weird limbo between povera and futuristic.

A gallery list of footwear on my wishlist.

I sold my Guidi 988 boots because they were a full size too big for me.  I had been wearing them with 2 insoles but it was time to send them along.

They’re still on my list of footwear that I want in my rotation.  988s are a great looking boot that occupy a weird limbo between povera and futuristic.

Shucks from StyleZeitgeist.  I think he likes Rick Owens. Shucks from StyleZeitgeist.  I think he likes Rick Owens. Shucks from StyleZeitgeist.  I think he likes Rick Owens. Shucks from StyleZeitgeist.  I think he likes Rick Owens. Shucks from StyleZeitgeist.  I think he likes Rick Owens. Shucks from StyleZeitgeist.  I think he likes Rick Owens. Shucks from StyleZeitgeist.  I think he likes Rick Owens. Shucks from StyleZeitgeist.  I think he likes Rick Owens. Shucks from StyleZeitgeist.  I think he likes Rick Owens.

Shucks from StyleZeitgeist.  I think he likes Rick Owens.

Shot from AnUnknownQuantity feat. Rick Owens.
Favorite waywt shots from the last year. Favorite waywt shots from the last year. Favorite waywt shots from the last year. Favorite waywt shots from the last year.
Rick Owens Stooges two ways. Rick Owens Stooges two ways.
Here’s the thick “LCW” leather that Rick Owens is using on his current season of jackets.  This stooges jacket is heavy like a suit of armor, weighing 4lbs.  It’s got a full grain that is matte and slightly oily to the touch.  Here’s the thick “LCW” leather that Rick Owens is using on his current season of jackets.  This stooges jacket is heavy like a suit of armor, weighing 4lbs.  It’s got a full grain that is matte and slightly oily to the touch.  Here’s the thick “LCW” leather that Rick Owens is using on his current season of jackets.  This stooges jacket is heavy like a suit of armor, weighing 4lbs.  It’s got a full grain that is matte and slightly oily to the touch. 

Here’s the thick “LCW” leather that Rick Owens is using on his current season of jackets.  This stooges jacket is heavy like a suit of armor, weighing 4lbs.  It’s got a full grain that is matte and slightly oily to the touch. 

I wouldn’t say Hedi Slimane’s collections with Saint Laurent Paris (as he has renamed it) are original.  No, rather, they are commentary and distillation of fashion substyles that already exist.  Hedi chose to lead the Saint Laurent brand out of Los Angeles and the city’s influence shows in his runway collections.

This season seems to be inspired by those who shop the vintage sections of American Rag and Denim Revival.  Those who consider Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals to be the occasion they developed their wardrobe for.  

It’s mostly western but there’s the hippie, 60s influence with the camouflage jackets, feathers, patterns and loose knits.  The hot sunset pours in from the lighting at the back of the runway, backlighting the models with a flood of golden light.  This runway show deserves guns, cigarettes and the iconic sneer of Clint Eastwood from the man with no name trilogy.

I love how Hedi bathes his runway shows in sweaty, overwhelmingly warm guitar riffs with muttered vocals struggling to get breathy words out as though it’s too hot to speak any louder.  There’s a heavy, sweet, seductive indifference displayed by the models who strut on toothpick legs down the runway.

Nothing new, but a perfect distillation of the cool that is.  In a world of beer, Hedi is serving the hard stuff.

About a decade ago I read this website on Japanese pop culture which you can find archived at the internet archive here.  Strangely enough, it was called syberpunk.com and it had accounts of the strange gameshows, popular English mistranslations, and cultural oddities like remote controlled boat racing, the pancake rabbit, and 2chan.

I had always been fascinated by the account of Nasubi, a comedian who was locked in a room and forced to live off prizes he won from mail-in sweepstakes.  In the years following this and other torture-like gameshows and reality shows, Japan passed legislation which outlawed this type of treatment and showcasing it for entertainment.

Despite the obvious ethical qualms, Nasubi is a fascinating character. As Japan was struggling in a recession, this man’s suffering was aired on television. And in the face of his torturous situation he remained optimistic, jovial, and worked hard towards his goal.  He embodied Yamato-damashii, the unbreakable Japanese spirit, at a time when Japan was hurting.

Numerous times in the past 10 years, I have tried to find the show online.  In 2009, Hulu posted translated versions of Denpa Shonen, the show where Nasubi’s account was aired under the subtitle “Sweepstakes life”/”Life of prizes.”  They took it down soon after.  However, I was reminded of it today as the current episode of This American Life on NPR discusses “Human Spectacle.”  I looked up the show once again and found a few links to watch it!

Once you’re finished with the episode above, Episode 2 can be found here!

Who wore it better? Who wore it better? Who wore it better? Who wore it better? Who wore it better?

Patrick Stangbye in Carol Christian Poell with (what I think is) an MA+ bag and a Rick Owens shirt.