Monday Muse

Monday Musing, On a Tuesday

Because sometimes the first day of the week calls for a discussion with a little more depth, as yesterday’s did.

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“My role in all of this is very simple. I make clothing like armor. My clothing protects you from unwelcome eyes.” 

– YOHJI YAMAMOTO

I’m dying to get my hands on a copy of My Dear Bomb by Yohji Yamamoto, but unfortunately I don’t have $300 to spare on a gigantic book right now. If I could live off literature I would, but I have a feeling my belly and my landlord would not be amused. So, for now, Internet quote browsing will have to suffice. The World Wide Web is always so great at filling in life blanks, too great perhaps…when it renders a lot of books wholly unnecessary. I suspect that My Dear Bomb is still one worth getting my hands on, though. T Magazine described it back in 2010 as: “the first-ever biography of the designer, [it] fittingly ditches an orthodox chronology for a series of short fictions written by Yamamoto interspersed with vivid reminiscences.” The quotes (throughout this post) are enough to entice, and seemed in line with my favorite fashion spread of late, shot by Patrick Demarchelier for the February issue of Vogue Spain.

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Not surprisingly, I’m still being seduced by a studied simplicity. Clothing that breaks from clear-cut definitions of gender and slinks across the body nonchalantly. Though I increasingly find myself gravitating towards whatever is right in front of me or easiest to put on during the day, I don’t want to be confined to the tired skin-tight shapes of skinny jeans and skirts at night – the only time I ever seem to put effort in these days. There’s a freedom in not caring 90% of the time and saving that energy for worthier pursuits (like reading to the point of exhaustion), trust me. Plus, it allows dressing up to once again become an exciting rarity, like donning a princess dress or your mother’s clothing when you were five and feeling instantly on top of the world, if only for a few minutes.

I’m no sartorial prophet, but if you want to give this half-and-half (re: fucks given) routine a shot when getting dressed, I certainly won’t stop you.

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“Fashion sighs after trends. I want timeless elegance.”

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“Start copying what you love. Copy copy copy copy. At the end of the copy you will find yourself.” 

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“For me, a woman who is absorbed in her work, who does not care about gaining one’s favour, strong yet subtle at the same time, is essentially more seductive.”

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“I don’t think we should try to make space our own. I believe that as modern people we should live in mobility. We should always be moving.”

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