Let me start by saying that I’m a very nostalgic and sentimental person. I’m obsessed with historical buildings, rises and falls of empires and hold on to keepsakes, letters and clothes that transport me back to a time when I was *insert emotion here*… But I’ve never been able to pinpoint why I long affectionately for the past but I do know I’m not the only one. Whether you throwback Thursday, trawl Facebook for old pictures or simply just watch reruns of old shows, there is something comfortable about visiting the past and going through an archive of what life used to be like. Maybe it is because history makes us comfortable, we know what’s coming and it means we don’t have to think or take responsibility or maybe it’s because we scared to move on. Why would we want to go forward into the unknown but how easy we forget the past was just as scary… But fashion is no exception from review looking, every designer is always keeping one eye on the past, referencing some muse or moment from some bygone era when things were ‘just better’. But I that’s where I think things fall apart for me, things were never better in the past, progression is what has brought us forward morally, socially and digitally. We cannot confuse simple with better just as much as we can’t keep viewing it in such a romantic fashion when it was as brutal as modern day… or at least the people were, some of the buildings are just too beautiful to be ignored. But we need to go forward, even if it does feel uncomfortable as that is when humanity strives for better. And we all know things need to get better.
Knitted polo Dries Van Noten @ Harvey Nichols, trouser Paul Smith, watch Skagen Denmark, sunglasses Celine, belt Asos, trainers Common Projects