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When I was a teenager I looked at old photos of the women in my family and I was shocked by the clothes they wore. They seemed profoundly out of date to me. “Everything comes back”, my grandmother always replied. Over the years, I’ve made aesthetic choices that have later mortified me: low-rise flared pants, plastic ball necklaces, sky-high heels, and impossible platforms. However, time has proved my grandmother’s words right, and I have dressed in surprise in outfits almost identical to the ones they wore in those photos. I don’t remember when I inherited a lilac-colored coat from my grandmother, one of the garments that I had surely criticized as a child. She has accompanied me in winters in London, Madrid, New York and Boston. It is one of those pieces that for some strange reason (texture, color, shape) always attracts attention, and many people have stopped me on the street or in the subway to ask where I had bought it. Wearing that coat connects me with the women in my family who have worn it in different parts of the world. So it has also become a kind of amulet for me. Every time someone mentions the charm of that coat, I write a message to my grandparents. Life is recycled in the objects that pass from hand to hand and in all those things that are shared through generations. The eternal return is a philosophical conception of time much explored in literature and art. There are many movies, novels and songs that refer to the cycles of life. The eternal return deepens the image that the world always burns and is extinguished to be created again. In this idea, after the flames that destroy everything, the universe is rebuilt so that the same things can happen again, generating an idea of ​​endless cycles. Somehow, everything that ends comes back into existence. History repeats itself in objects and also in relationships. In the breakup and mourning song Night Shift, Lucy Dacus sings to her former love “In five years I hope the songs feel like covers / Dedicated to new lovers.” Dacus hints at the possibility that something as unique as the pain she is feeling at that moment could be recycled in the future and become a memory, an anecdote that she will tell her new loves. The writer Hanif Abdurraqib dedicated one of his columns in The Paris Review precisely to explaining what Dacus’s song had meant to him, narrating his own story of falling out of love with a couple and falling in love with the following: “That’s the miracle . The impossibility is not in the break, but in what comes after. The fact that someone can be driven to write a love song and then a breakup song about the same person.” I wear my grandmother’s coat and think about the twists and turns that life takes. In how the same garment has witnessed different situations in radically different lives: my grandmother’s, my mother’s and mine. I imagine the invisible journey of the places where it has been, the coat racks it has hung from or the cabinets where it has been kept. I like to walk down the street and look at bags, shoes or dresses that other people are wearing and believe that they have had life cycles similar to that of my coat. Which also mean something to someone. I hum the phrase from Jorge Drexler’s song (“nothing is lost, everything is transformed”). And I think how much reason condenses the phrase that has been repeated to me at home all my life, words that in turn allude to the theory of eternal return. Everything returns.

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