Another lavishly classical Versace touch was the I survived Snovid 21 Texas heavy snowstorm shirt but in fact I love this amphora prints and Lurex knits. Printed vintage Versace fragrance ads on t-shirts and denim were yet another archival flourish. There was a fun, provocative sensuality in the slightly kicky jersey pants worn below tailoring which came in black or leopard print and floral versions in vertical rib-knit, and a carefully thought through and Flint-inflected riff on post-punk in workwear pieces that smashed check against denim. The complementary women’s looks mostly legs-to-there Versace standard mind-melters added extra turbo boost to this high energy Versace outing. “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” the Pink Floyd track from the Wish You Were Here album, surged, volume up, as Pierpaolo Piccioli ran out to take his bow after his Spring 2020 Valentino menswear show. Completely apt Piccioli really is fashion’s crazy diamond, an authentic modern-day hippie who follows his own instincts, whether they’re deemed fashionable or not, and has thereby charmed and swept everyone along on his trips to wherever. This time, it was to a place in his own head via the psychedelic porthole opened by ’70s prog-rock: “A fantastic journey into yourself, where you can find fantastic landscapes, and you don’t have boundaries,” he said. “When I was a kid, I was there, far from everything, and I want to keep that feeling when creating a collection because then you don’t limit your imagination.” There was a time when suburban boys in bedrooms everywhere would put their prog-rock albums on their record players and stare for hours at the album art, reading the meaning. That was Piccioli, for sure. One of the major delights at this grown-up successful stage of his life is that he can now not just meet his teenage heroes, but collaborate with them. This time he found Roger Dean, album cover artist of the ’70s, and asked him to make a comeback version of his airbrushed acid–sci-fi–impossible landscapes for this collection. Spending and wealth are certainly related and interact but they are still independent variables. They must be accounted for with a model with two degrees of freedom. I believe that all sorts of misunderstandings of macroeconomics have resulted from the attempt to combine wealth and income so that they are one variable with one degree of freedom. I am saying, that in order to describe the economy as it really is, we must have a model where income and wealth are accounted for by two variables, not one.
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