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087: Feeling around in the dark
THE DEEP WINTER ISSUE
We are entering the stale, oxidized, expired, and otherwise unsavory months. The sanest of us have chaptered off to more pleasant surrenders, but the heartiest hang back to face the season’s binary condition of at-home-and-unreachable or languishing outside evening oases until our numbing mouths can’t make the shapes of words any longer.
Vaquera Mandy Dress, LoQ Ema Mary Janes, Gucci Lizard Bamboo Handle Bag via The RealReal / Saint Sintra Tie-Up Cotton Poplin Blouse, Gemsun Dress (exclusive Magasin pre-order), Zoe Gustavia Anna Whalen Napkin Dress, Mari Giudicelli Elisa Ballet Flats
Our car-to-bar wardrobes comprise pieces that do the speaking for us: the deep winter dress (at a volume that damages the dial), skin and skimming lengths on both sides of the sunset, and the bamboo bag—an island affect to be nestled in the crook of a coat and re-met with bare skin within the warm confines of a final destination.
Camiel Fortgens Coat and Archie Pants via Colbo (available in-store only), Rick Owens Beatle Bozo Tractor Boots, Gentle Storm Thick Solar Ring, Gentle Storm Thin Solar Ring / Yuhan Wang Printed Coat and Maryam Nassir Zadeh Simi Skirt via Maimoun, Gentle Storm Silver Ocean Ring
Thievingly affordable in the context of their historical heft, Gucci’s bamboo bags are a needle sewing together the past and prospective of fashion objects we decide matter.
(With ties to the great personal-style empresses of the latter half of the 20th century—Jackie, Diana, Kate—Gucci bamboo bags can be intermittently sourced for under $100, while category grails, like Tom Ford-era shearling furs and python crossbodies, predictably command thousands.)
A bag can be the last recognizable feature of a duplicitous wardrobe with half its face turned away for months—everything else is reduced to nerve endings: how to dull them, bury them, heighten them, extol them.
Flore Flore May Cami Tank, Maryam Nassir Zadeh Simi Skirt via Maimoun, Alaïa Evasee Lacee Corset Belt, Gucci Bamboo Shopper Tote via The RealReal / Eckhaus Latta Waterfall Sliced Dress via Maimoun, Gucci Jackie O Bamboo Bag via The RealReal, Agmes Jewelry
Shell-seekers will find in-kind homes in dresses shaped like hand bells ringing away bad vibes: ghouly black Vaquera ones for pouty birthday parties, self-knowing and self-authorizing Gemsun ones, and ones from Zoe Gustavia Anna Whalen with hips for barricades.
But for when we want to move the air around…We find the waves that guide the hands that glide—rippled river sheaths and citrus-sweet accordion pleats.
Flore Flore May Cami Tank, Maryam Nassir Zadeh Simi Skirt via Maimoun, Alaïa Evasee Lacee Corset Belt, Maison Margiela Tabi Ankle-Strap Sandals, Gentle Storm Silver Ocean Ring / Homme Plissé Issey Miyake Technical-Pleated Top, Gentle Storm Thick Solar Ring, Gentle Storm Thin Solar Ring
To reach! And touch! To grab a fistful of crinoline with armored knuckles and shake your hem at the too-short days that drag on far too long.
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