the concept of impermanence
May 15, 2011
This [post] is isn’t to say I celebrate our throw-away culture but over, let’s say the last two years, I’ve simply become less sentimental about objects. A lesson learned mostly by the fact that I am the biggest klutz and tend to forget scarves on airplanes, am stupid enough to wear light shoes to nightclubs etc. As most of us know Oscar Wilde once said: “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months,” this isn’t what I am talking about either. It’s more to do with the buddhist concept of impermanence. The cycle of birth and rebirth and how it relates to clothes. And I’m going to stop talking now because I think you’re either there or you’re not, you either understand or you don’t, which isn’t to say one way is the right way.
What piece in your closet means the most to you?
None: clothes are made to disappear. They lose their magic with time, and one shouldn’t treat any object with devotion—which doesn’t mean that you don’t appreciate quality, beauty, rarity, refinement and talent.
Inès de la Fressange
“I’m not big on possessions. The last time I moved, I left everything in my old house. I’m not sentimental. I lose things easily, which annoys people.”
“It is in the nature for things to be lost and not otherwise.”
A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Rebecca Solnit