I have discovered so many beautiful magazines lately, it sometimes even makes me want to organise / curate one myself.
Two of my current favourites are The Gentlewoman, and men’s magazine Dapper Dan. Both magazines manage to bring something fresh to the table in the oversaturated market of stylish magazines, by displaying impeccably styled editorials combined minimalist pagedesign on beautiful paper. Acne Paper also falls into this category, although its not the most practical magazine to carry around, due to it’s impressive size.
One great article in Dapper Dan features Angelo Flaccavento discussing uniform dressing. I have long been an advocate of this concept myself, due to it being extremely efficient and perhaps even radical way of styling one’s wardrobe. Flaccavento’s approach mirror’s my own, by eschewing the dogmatic approach, in favour of a more relaxed and less judgemental state of mind. A couple of excerpts, about one of my favourite concepts: uniform dressing:“To avoid fatal mistakes, a succinct but effective routine, tested thoroughly by this humble writer, ensues. 1. Be light. Don’t turn your opinion of fashion into a declaration of war. Maintaining a uniform is your choice, not a dogma. 2. Know that you are in good company. Coco Chanel, Diana Vreeland, Gio Ponti and Beau Brummell all excelled in the practice. But don’t use it as an excuse to look down on others. Refrain from judging. 3. Look at yourself in the mirror, thoroughly and severely. Consider your pros and cons and deicide what to highlight. It can be everything. Sometimes cons are more charming than pros: a prominent belly can be more sensational than a six-pack. Trust your instinct, and the uniform will begin to feel natural. 4. Trust in Dieter Rams: ” Less, but better.” Edit down to the bare essentials, plus, perhaps, a tiny bit more. You should be able to get ready in a flash and with a thoughtful, quick edit. Likewise, never plan an outfit in advance; the result would be rigid. A little mistake here and there feels lively.
5. Be modular: you will augment your sartorial possibilities in a logical, efficient way. If you can mix and match, your wardrobe will expand virtually without taking up vital space.
6. Choose your uniform according to the idea of yourself you have in mind. Let the immaterial shape your material expression of your persona, without restrictions and boundaries. Stripes and mismatched patterns can be to you what solid black or clerk-like grey is to others. That’s how the game works.
7. Ignore what people say. Wear a suit to the grocery store, if you wish. Clothes should be an expression of your inner self, but they should also display courtesy. Dressing appropriately is a gesture of kindness, for oneself and for others.
8. Look at what’s happening in fashion. Be critical but look. Then adopt and adapt, or you’ll turn into a grumpy old statue covered in dust.
9. Evolve, avoiding dogmatism and orthodoxy. You’re not the same person from day to day. Your uniform should change accordingly.
10. Defy expectations. Don’t let the uniform take over, and don’t allow yourself to be identified by your uniform. Break it up once in a while. Be a prankster. Remember: situationism rules.
11. Hey, they’re just clothes, you’ll get tired of them sooner than you think.
I really like this emphasis on staying humble. Good taste should reflect good manners and open spirit, which are even more important. Besides, I do think that by being open to things, one allows his or her self to become inspired by everything, which is where the true originality lies.
And on fashion:
“Don’t get me wrong: I hate fashion just as much as I love it.I am thrilled by it’s constant mutation, following seemingly senseless paths that ultimately reflect or sometimes are even ahead of the times. I am inspired by the wat clothes give tangible shape to ideals and theories, the way they ignite epochal changes: because everything that is aesthetic is also deeply, if tangentially, political. I am amazed by the wat the body, far from being static, becomes, thanks to fashion, a porous membrane that can be drastically reconfigured at any time.
Fashion is, quiet simply, the blatant demonstration that the material is shaped by the immaterial, and not the other way around. Yay!”