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The freedom to play… in a serious way.

The freedom to play… in a serious way.

posted on Tuesday May 10, 2011 | in The Crystal Tearoom | 5 Comments

A comment on the post: The pace of fashion.  Read below and please share your thoughts.

Hi there Shala,

Lately I’ve been toying around with a few thoughts regarding Miu Miu’s spring ’11 collection, and as a result – about the general place which Miu Miu – as a brand – is taking within our lives. It might sound a bit weird at first, but the main source which inspired those thoughts is the British psychoanalyst Dnald Winnicott, and his revolutionary (at least that’s how I see it) thesis about the importance of Playing. In short, Playing is the realm which does not answer to one of the two known dichotomies, i.e., the inner reality vs. the external world. Playing is a third plane, in which the child – and with Winnicott, it’s important to note that exactly the same goes for the adult – can experience creativity in a way that both connects him to himself and to his surroundings. This allows him to build a self which is culturally responsive and active (for Winnicott, how magnificently, that’s in a way what LIFE IS ABOUT). I guess what I’m trying to say here is that for me, the adjective “playful” – which always seems to be read/heard in closeness to a Miu Miu reference – didn’t seem to actually fit the true label’s nature. There was something much more serious, more allowing, more freeing about it – and all those missing parts, I feel, can be found in Winnicott’s exemplary analysis of The Play. This, I think, is also a way to explain the huge, ever-growing exposure that the label seems to get in editorials, blogs, and the cities’ streets. It’s because of that true creative freedom the clothes allow. It’s the freedom to play – play in the most serious, committed, and alive way one can find.



I wanted to then pose the question: Has fashion reached a speed where it’s difficult to play/be creative?

Image: Garance Dore

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  1. paola (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2011

    We are living in one of the most fun fashion moments of my adult life. A child of the 80’s and 90’s, I have never seen such an eclectic mix. It’s a great time! As a true Miu Miu girl, I would have to agree that Miuccia has definitely been the leader of the pack.

  2. Robson Rocha (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2011

    Vraiment original, j’aime!!!!
    Je suis Robson Rocha, je suis styliste au Brésil. Je suis fou de mode et je fais de cela une manière d’expression.
    J’accompagne toujours votre blog et j’aime beaucoup votre travail. Moi aussi, j’ai un blog où je montre mes créations de mode. je voudrais vous préseter mon blog http://www.zoedegaia.blogspot.com
    Je vous remercie de votre attention.
    Robson Rocha.

  3. Eli (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2011

    Somewhat, I see it as a lack of resources. I cant really play around being this young. Being creative I believe is what we are born with and its environment influenced; like Jean Basquiat. On the other hand, Prada’s new spring collection. It grew on me, seeming because it was everywhere. Plus. I would kill for that leather jacket. I like the boldness I am sure that style/ideas will never fade. Their is some quote around about how fashion changes but style remains. If fashion stopped being creative I am very sure that everything will remain unique, and people can find their own voice in style and such. So many fashion designers are coming out, I dont believe it will be going ‘uncreative’ any time soon.

  4. Amy Creyer (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2011

    To answer your question about whether fashion has accelerated to the point where it’s difficult to be playful, I think that it all depends on point of view. If the person is someone who is always chasing the latest trend, and whose look changes dramatically from season to season, then emphatically – YES! The internet, blogging, and the speed of images and information has made trends seem so much more… temporary. Trends are being tightly bound in temporal space within a much smaller range than they used to be. Keeping up is that much harder. As a street style photographer, I see trends rise, crest, and fall out of favor within a month or two. Before, it would be three to six months. I believe this is why Tom Ford didn’t want photos of his collection floating around the internet for 5 months before his clothes hit the floors. Now, if you’re a person who allows this time pressure you and affect the way you dress then I could certainly see how “the play” aspect of fashion would disappear. However, I would argue that it has more to do with the approach than the speed of fashion itself.

    On the other hand, you have people who stay true to their “fashion spirit,” who dress for themselves, and who have confidence to wear what they want. I’m thinking of people with their signature looks (you know the ones). Or, people who generally have a great sense of humor and don’t take themselves too seriously. Those are the people who will always use fashion to play. I think true fashion lovers are people who deeply enjoy the “play” aspect of it as Michel discussed. Creative pursuits like fashion inherently attract playful personalities because creative expression is one way to bind the individual to external reality. Humans are naturally playful creatures, and this concept has been well-documented in psychological literature.

    So I guess to answer your question in one sentence, here goes; people who are “slaves” to fashion and who always felt insecure are probably having a harder time keeping up, but those of us who truly love fashion and stay true to ourselves will ALWAYS find fashion a world of play and joy.

  5. malika (Reply) on Tuesday 10, 2011

    funny photo

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