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Feature: Benji at Toronto Men’s Fashion Week


BENJI WSW TORONTO MENS FASHION WEEK 2014

Pleasure & Pain.

by: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé

Toronto, Canada

 

Benji  explored pain and pleasure at the Toronto Men’s Fashion Week to cries of “Baby, do you want to see me cry?” etched across the chests and backs of shirts and sweatshirts, bloody tears running from sad eyes.  But it was also a continued exploration of the fast and furious underworld of bosozuku, Japanese street racing, a sub-culture he has previously explored in FALL IN LOVE WITH MACHINERY.

 

In an upcoming interview with Ramp1885, Benji explained that “SS15 ROSES DROWNING IN A MOLOTOV COCKTAIL is about self-destruction at the point when pain diffuses into pleasure, and the importance of smiling so much that no one ever knows what’s wrong.”

 

The duality of pain and pleasure played itself out as the  jarring, searing bright colours were pitted against the raw, martyr-like expression of unfinished pain, unravelling threads hanging from the garments, models limbs bandaged and raw.

Photos below.

 

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Photography courtesy of Toronto Men’s Fashion Week

 

*Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé is a writer, budding world traveler, and explorer of the ateliers of fashion artisans around the world. She tweets @Isabelle_BT and blogs at isabellebourgeault-tasse.tumblr.com. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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