The next night, Isla and her friends, including the one she had told about Valente, were at a bar. The friend spotted him. “I said: ‘Oh my God – it’s the boy on the bike,'” says Isla. “It was a strange coincidence. I was really excited. And I was a bit drunk as well.”
Overseas, most central banks bought state and territory debt in the secondary market – from banks – but there were examples of direct financing in the US and Canada, he said. The strategy was also used in the developing world.
As the physical vestiges of a fashion industry calendar all but disappeared, I turned to my existing wardrobe as a coping mechanism of sorts. Wearing a long, slinky Vampire’s Wife dress to fry eggs was satisfying. There was something weirdly reassuring about donning a Simone Rocha dress and watching the 5pm briefings. I put my Gucci frilly pink shoes up on the couch in front of re-runs of Line of Duty. If the outside world was becoming a monotony of park walks and fraught trips to Tesco’s, my stay-at-home attire would be a reminder of an admittedly indulgent life.
In May last year, Isla Rae-Smith was cycling to the English school where she works in Mérida, in Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula. She stopped at a red light and Valente Saavedra pulled up next to her. “He had speakers on his bike,” says Isla. “I’d always wanted to listen to music on my bike, but I was too scared of wearing headphones when I was cycling on the roads. I said: ‘Good idea,’ in Spanish.”
What did she like about him? “He was definitely an interesting character. He was listening to quite heavy music; he had earrings and sunglasses. I was attracted to the strangeness of him, maybe.” She laughs. “I guess he looked different.” Valente says he was “really nervous, because I had to go to my school and I was late, but I saw Isla and I thought: ‘Oh wow, she’s beautiful. School can wait, no problem.'” He was delighted she spoke Spanish, although he assumed she was a tourist and would be leaving in a week or so. Did he plan to see her again? “I thought: ‘I need to say something. I need to ask her name and her number.'”
But in fashion at large, holding on to the “show must go on” mentality is pervasive. Time will tell whether we see any actual change to how the industry showcases collections, and whether the frenetic pre-pandemic pace will return. Fashion can’t help but to reach for superlatives, excess and spectacle. The key is balancing bombast with a measured sensitivity and awareness.
I’m hopeful that intuitive creativity will prevail. We’re on the precipice of a seismic time that could spell a permanent change in our industry. In the 1920s, waists dropped, hemlines rose and hair was shorn in a post-war reaction. In the 60s, hemlines rose further, ready-to-wear was born as a result of the Youthquake. In 2020, we have a generation of designers, stylists, photographers and creatives coming to the fore with a post-globalised, post-pandemic mentality. Values and aesthetics need to go hand in hand. Lateral thinking is required for when it comes to how the industry produces, showcase collections, and sell their vision to a public, whose appetite for fashion will have changed for ever. What we wear and loba negra epub how we buy, should – hopefully will – change to reflect a world that needs clothes to do more.
Elsewhere, lockdown created some discernible shifts in the way we dressed once we had established our WFH pattern. We developed a lopsided sartorial mode of pyjama shorts and tracksuit bottoms below the waist with something fancy and extra above, with a slick of lipstick to complete the Zoom game-face. Loungewear and athleisure have grown exponentially, which isn’t music to my ears (I don’t even own tracksuit bottoms), but the idea of people finding comfort in what they wear to work from home, if they can afford to, has fundamentally shifted our perceptions of who we dress for. If it’s for a smaller circle of people, as social distancing measures continue, do we dress down or up? How do we factor in the psychology of “dopamine dressing” at a time when we need to be uplifted within our more confined spaces?
“There seems to be a misguided idea out there that S&P dictates fiscal policy or that if they spend too much, we ring them up and say ‘no’,” Foo said. “If they want to borrow more, that’s perfectly understandable in the present environment.”
• I am not a vicar. I used to be one; but I retired more than five years ago. On Sunday mornings nowadays I sit with my wife on the back pew of our local church, carefully avoiding her sharp right elbow, which is always poised to dig me in the ribs if she thinks I am about to make a comment. Like most of the congregation, I dress casually.
When political developments tipped the balance in favour of Moscow orthodoxy – and both the philosophy department and its journal were shut down in 1971 – Díaz was invited to join the film institute, ICAIC, a home for a range of creative, but troublesome, artists and intellectuals. During the next dozen years, he became a seasoned documentarist, and turned to fiction.