School Bus Runway Show
“I am going to wear a suit to school tomorrow.”
and then magically this jacket and vest arrived in the mail. Good thing his brother wasn’t home. Rivalry moment avoided. 2ndGrandKid got to put on his big brother’s suit without the quibble quarrel. When I woke him up in the morning - there he was in those dress pants and long-sleeved polo shirt. He slept in them. To be prepared for suit day.
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“I tricked Shayla. I said I was going to wear my best suit to school tomorrow. She said that she would wear her best dress.”
“Are you going to wear a suit to school?”
“I don’t know!”
Sometimes it looked too big. But sometimes it looked just right. Like that J-Hope outfit. Beautiful beautiful clothes look nice whatever size they are. The other effect of clothes this beautiful - it looked so right that folks don’t notice. He got a little embarrassed somewhere between the fish store photo and the Mr.Peanut pose picture. But then we noticed no one else was noticing. A suit on a little man doesn’t look out of place when it is just right. It matched his eyes.
This jacket and vest will have a short six-month stay in 1stGrandKid’s side of the closet, and then back home to 2nd.
Shayla did wear her best dress. A gymnastics dress with “jewels”. Everyone thought these shell buttons were “jewels”, too.
Look how beautifully the sewing sorceress from Carlisle set that sleeve! She added the belt at the back. 2ndGrandKid described the shell buttons as hologram.
It’s not exactly that tweedy nubbly fabric from this jacket above. I have not seen that fabric in person in a while. Like tiny tiny pom poms of color. This pattern seems to be instructing us to pair these blues with white, black and solid blue. I will recreate that look with old man 1stGrandKid when he puts it on. He is a slippery fish. I haven’t been able to have him try it yet. He has bat mitzvah to attend this month. We will have a full dress update by then…do we have a baseball hat that fits the bill…uh oh. An excuse for his dad to buy another hat.
That slight up-curve on the shoulders is just what this suit does, too. That little bit of late ‘70’s. I didn’t see this before asking for this fabric + pattern combination. This gives me confidence that the 12 year old will feel okay in a silhouette no one else will be wearing.
As always, the mini-movie for this collection is a work of art. I do love that location. Jimin struts into an old factory, those slanted windows like an aquarium viewing platform for factory workers. A little too much gold and gleam to be ‘70’s CEO, but so close. They call it Art Bunker 139, an art and culture place. This fits neatly into the idea you have often told me about - Seoul manufacturing culture for the world.
From this collections webpage: “Integrating House Ambassadors BTS in the show, Virgil Abloh’s collection employs fashion as a tool to change predetermined perceptions of dress codes.”
Well, 2ndGrandKid and Shayla, disembarking from your yellow buses in suits and sequins; I think you would make Mr.Abloh proud.
The show is worth the watch, all 10 minutes if you have it.
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