From Tel Aviv, With Style
4 days. 3 outfits. 1 Fashion Week Tel Aviv.
The sartorial chronicles of one international menswear journalist cum (pronounced ko͝om, please) blogger cum photographer culminates into this. Illustration by renowned illustrator Talia Zoref.
Guys, I am too embarrassed to admit this but it took me almost a good two-three weeks to compile this entry together. Between the different fashion weeks, travels, jet lags and plethora of client deadlines (that I am still tackling), while attempting to be this insane perfectionist, I've been feeling a bit disillusioned and dazed by the constant need to be "on" and "engaged." At all times.
And sometimes, it feels like we're on this endless sprint. An endless sprint to please. An endless sprint to be put-together, perfect and polished. An endless sprint to be first.
I've always been quick to remind you guys and others to be themselves at all times, at all costs. Lately, I haven't been practicing what I preach. My will and energy are slowly chipped away by unpleasant online dating interactions, relentless pro-2nd Amendment defendants and an inefficient government that is presided over by an orange buffoon who'd rather escape to Mar-A-Lago every chance he gets instead of tackling the ever-present, looming issues we face as country.
In deep desperation and exhaustion, I did the only thing I could. I turned to fashion and fantasy somewhere much further away than the depressing domestic shores I called home. I arrived in Tel Aviv for their 6th annual, Fashion Week Tel Aviv, which I was wholly unprepared for.
Fashion Week Tel Aviv surprised and surpassed my expectations in the wildest ways possible. Just in its infancy, the show boasts a roster of high-design, homegrown Israeli talents, namely Alon Livne, Hili Ari, Holyland Civilians -- including emerging student designers hailing from Shenkar College's renowned fashion design program. Most, if not all, my favorite collections were incredibly edgy, masterfully tailored, and luxuriously assembled. Peek some of the highlights below, off and on the runway.
While I don't recommend committing to an escapist mentality when confronted with issues that eat away at our psyche and mental health, I do believe it's important to take a step back and see the bigger picture. My "step-back" in this instance was boarding a 20-hour flight to Tel Aviv to immerse myself in a completely new and different fashion, social and political culture. Sometimes that moment of clarity is what we need to recalibrate and readjust to a world that is embattled. We don't have to live everyday as if we have all the solutions or a universal fix to all the problems that continually plague our daily lives. And that in itself is okay. I feel lighter already by telling myself that. For a moment though, just imagine, if we can all take a step back, take deeper breaths and take more moments for ourselves. True bliss, I've learned, is a gift that keeps on giving no matter how dire the situation becomes.