'Everyday Is Like Sunday'.
If there was ever a song for our times it would be this, courtesy of Morrissey. Sustained monotony is a hard relate for all of us at this point: going to the same coffee shop (an excuse to do something, anything), same park (ugh), same corner shop (wine, needs must), wearing the same outfit (don’t ask). As a result of this weird post-boredom simulation we now find ourselves at a psychological junction – both craving company and yet completely terrified at the prospect of resuming a social life again. Things that seem mission impossible? Having a conversation that isn’t opened or punctuated with the subject "pandemic", hugging that doesn’t induce a wave of dread and fear, dinner parties minus performance anxiety.
When feasible, we advise this to ease yourself into Doing Things Again: go to an art gallery. Avec nobody. Truly, it’s the best of both worlds: optimum eavesdropping potential, you can stare at walls that are not yours, and, even if you end up hating the actual exhibition, there is a high chance of leaving with at least a little more creative impetus than you had before entering. So, in these creativity-deprived times – seriously, who has ideas anymore? – and while we wait patiently for galleries to open their doors, instead go to the next best thing...wearable art.
Can’t see Derek Ridgers’ (famous for capturing 1970s youth in revolt) exhibition The Lovers at Saint Laurent Rive Droite, the Parisian label’s gallery space? The vintage images on display – featuring a relic of pre-pandemic life, couples snogging – have also been printed on a selection of T-shirts and hoodies. Elsewhere, UNIQLO recently unveiled a four-year partnership with Musée du Louvre in Paris, kicking off with artful apparel; Dr. Martens have released a limited-edition collection of silhouettes decorated with Keith Haring’s playful graffiti art; British knitwear brand HADES' new cardigan ‘The Flannery’ is an homage to visionary artist, poet and printmaker William Blake. Fashion has the power to be a form of escapism – of artistic expression – and, well, god knows we could all use more of that these days.
Header Image | COURTESY OF SAINT LAURENT