Wardrobe Adjustments

You know that brief, fugitive moment in the morning?

When you do not want to get out of bed and you think it would be proactive to at least start deciding at least what you are going to wear during the day, so that to save time once awaken and so, make more space and time for snoozing on for the next five, ten, fifteen minutes. Thing is, the limits of your imagination within the first seventy seconds of wakefulness are indeed quite blunt; And even if in your dazed daydreams of layering a coat under a shirt, this will not mean it is an option that will elegantly translate into daywear (I’m talking to you, Thom Browne).

Designer Elena Occidente finally presents us with a series of eerie collages that were the very first starting point of her graduate collection, which is quite visibly based on layering and volumes. The first visual clues to what then led to an exquisite collection have the same qualities of the dazed imagination we so comfortably seek solace in when waking up; “That shirt would look nice with that jacket because it’s boxy. Problem solved let’s hit the snooze button”.

Later on, in the three and a half minutes you left for getting ready in your morning routine, you will eventually realize that ‘that’ shirt is in fact a smock dress, and looks dramatically different from what you have imagined while still in bed. Cold sweat and panic aside, this proves how experimental we are in the way we confusedly think of our very own clothes.

The style exercises here illustrated by Ms Occidente, beside the excellent aesthetic, is quick at resembling the stunned mind of someone who is trying to picture clothes: Clothes as tri-dimensional images we layer on top of our body. This perception of images of the clothes we see every day, cements in many ways the ideas we have of ourselves: In fact, I rarely picture myself naked.

The argument could quickly degenerate into Wittgenstein-inspired musings on the actual proportions of our understanding of the hidden codes and languages of costume.

I will then stop, and leave you to try the exercise yourself: What are you wearing tomorrow? Are you sure the sleeves of that coat are ‘that’ long?

By Matteo Sarti

Originally published on Lujon Issue 1