Earlier this summer, talking about his fall 2021 show, Jonathan Anderson said that fashion should be a little quieter at the moment. I get that. I love the idea of a wardrobe that serves a person just trying to live with a bit of dignified glamour, like Anderson did at Loewe in July with his simple, proper coats and Prada did with its pin-neat lounge looks the same month. Very bourgeois, and full of the sort of stability many find comforting in these times. Your clothing doesn’t have to be sad sweatpants, but it doesn’t have to shout either. And anyways, all the political fashion—the “VOTE” T-shirts and all that stuff—makes me wanna claw my eyes out a little.
But there’s another school of dressers right now that wants fashion to be loud. These are people for whom fashion is a part of declaring identity, for whom