24 November 2009

Notions of Childhood

Regression was for Freud a coping mechanism acted out by adults dealing with elevated stress and anxiety, by returning to the comfort of childhood behaviours and memories. Yet there were undeniable negative connotations to this idea, especially where regressive behaviours stepped the line over into actual avoidance. I suppose that deep down the majority of us have warm feelings and nostalgia towards childhood, even if not specifically our own, than to the general concept of childhood. There is a security and comfort not only in terms of being a child protected from the world, but also in the innocence of childhood.

For me it is almost second nature to evoke my inner child, as it were, almost unconsciously as a way both of keeping a smile on my face but also trying to see the world in a different way. What Freud would have to say of this is perhaps interesting, however I think there is always some kind of need for us to go back to that innocent sense of wonder and curiosity. Not to mention the inherent comfort of those memories.

Cosmic Wonder
Fall '09 Collection

I recently came across the latest Fall '09 collection by Cosmic Wonder, entitled 'Light Streams', and could not help but feel a sense of childhood within the collection. What I mean by this, is that there were certain elements which for me evoked the idea of childhood, and in which I took a particular comfort. The most obvious visual factor is perhaps the shoes, which reminded me of those early years of school, albeit having myself worn black versions. I always find it odd how a piece of clothing can trigger memories, and indeed the moment that my eyes feel upon this collection and the shoes, my mind seemed to wonder involuntarily back to days of knee socks and Power Rangers.

For that simple journey of thought alone the collection was worth posting, however thankfully the collection was itself of great merit. Keeping with the theme of childhood, if I may, I was fascinated by the outfits where oversized parkas and coats were paired with trousers cuffed so that the hems just grazed the ankles. Whilst this is perhaps a very in vogue fashion style, it actually once again reminds me of my own childhood. I was a rather tall child and my trousers were never really long enough. In contrast my coats were always on the large side, as my parents, along with most parents I suppose, insisted that I would 'grow into' them. I find it odd how such a simple styling choice can make me smile inwardly, not specifically out of appreciation of fashion, but rather due to the connotations of it for me.

As a child with a tiny bit of an obsession with bowties (ok, so I secretly wanted a bowtie, round wired spectacles and tweed jacket) I found the looks based around this accessory quite alluring. The collection in general was wonderfully smart, and yet the choice of fabrics, with wools and flannels had a traditionally casual feel. There was a sense of nostalgia in the looks which reminded me of the type of outfits I used to look up to as a child. I also rather enjoyed the subdued colour palette, which I suppose in my reading works wonderfully with the idea of a hazy memory and recollection of childhood, where the colours wash out a touch and gain a warmth in that process. This warmth was apparent both in the light colours but also once again through the fabric choices.

Of course no childhood is complete without a game of dress up, and I was pleased to see the inclusion of the metallic elements, such as the silver poncho and golden sweater. These provided rather unexpected pops which although highly conspicuous, somehow managed to remain appropriate for the collection. Indeed they were a rather playful addition, which although perhaps not wearable (the brave notwithstanding), helped to create a generally fun and casual feel to the collection.

Although the reading of childhood in this collection may only be a personal one, I really do hope it manages to spark a similar journey through memory and past in others.

Currently playing: Ting-A-Ling - Shabba Ranks

xxxx

28 comments:

  1. my grandmother's brother used to have a tiny brown velvet short trousers suit with a matching bow tie.

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  2. Oh my god, the tweed blazers just stole my heart.

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  3. totally off topic but w/ these suits, how timely, i was planning on taking my thom browne suit to the tailor today, and im not going to get the trousers done in thom browne style. perhaps if it came that way id leave it (unfinished hems), or if it were a zara suit, but im going to keep the suit as classic as possible so that i can wear it for years to come.

    i like the charm of this collection. the denim hats with the suit, it's quite sweet.

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  4. I adore your description, and the collection presented in this post. Bow ties are always a good thing, and a little thing goes a long way. Nothing says dapper like an outift like this. And if you need to throw in some dress up in the form of a cape or silver poncho then lead the way ;)

    Thanks for sharing and have a great week

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  5. wow... i LOVE both the guy and girl looks...

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  6. Never heard of Cosmic Wonder, but it seems awesome! The shoes was interesting!

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  7. I definitely see the childhood reference... more so in the menswear though. For the womenswear look to have triggered that, I would have needed to see a Peter Pan collar, a few plaid skirts and Mary Jane shoes ;-) I like to bask in childhood nostalgia, as you said it's a combination of the sense of innocence and security. That metallic poncho is a great touch by the way... haha, the model tried his best to give us a dramatic pose in that one!

    Hope you're having a lovely week so far :)

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  8. I am still such a child:)

    I wish that men would dress like that first photo every day! ;)

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  9. I love that you used to adore bowties...that doesn't surprise me at all, dear!
    I love all these looks - even the quirky ones with the poncho...but mostly, I just find myself wishing I knew more men who dressed like this on a daily basis...it's just perfect!

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  10. The one that looks like aluminum looks very stellar!

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  11. I love the colour palette in these images. I used to love dressing up as a kid and doing the typical walking around in your mother's shoes and rummaging through her make up box and emerging wearing bright blue eyeshadow and horrendously applied lipstick haha. I miss those days....sort of!

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  12. DK, this remids me to thank you for commenting on some of my bow tie looks of late. Eloquent piece; especially fitting because I effectively dress the same as I did at 6

    Speaking of childhood, YouTube "Turtles Forever." It's the only thing I've consistently laughed at besides House in the past 3 months

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  13. I always wanted a bow tie too..what does that say about me? I used to not quite tie one..but fake one..I suppose inventing a different way to wear one..by sewing a little rectangle of pretty print then using a strap to sew around it in the middle making it look like a bow...and snapping it on..more like a chocker. I guess. I wore a boys suit to church once with a tie. I felt really special, too, but I got some odd looks.

    Love this collection.

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  14. this style is right up my alley, I like how they styled women in these looks as well.

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  15. It would be nice to see gentlemen wearing this style, the hats & shoes are quite a turn on I must say, haa

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  16. I think a tweed suit with a bowtie is the best combination ever. I love this collection. I definitely see that sense of childhood that you're talking about.

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  17. Wow. I love these. All of them are great. I think #4 is my favorite out of all of them. Take care. Hope you're having a great week. Cheers!

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  18. That makes u to say Dapper kid--Marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners..


    Jollieess:-)

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  19. My brother had an obssession with bowties when he was younger! Cool post as always!

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  20. Oh gosh, if I saw boys dressed like this here, I might actually die! So cute, yet classy too!

    ~Faith

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  21. I love the playful way in which the outfits have been styled as well. Shots 1, 3, and 4 are my favourites =.] Hope your having a good week so far dear

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  22. Love the looks here!!Vey sophisticated and smart!

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  23. fantastic style, i can see you in so many of these looks.

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  24. Speechless. Second look from the bottom, so Annie Hall-chic. I need everything she's wearing.

    Cheers.

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  25. i totally wish i could pull off a bowtie!! these outfits are amazing.

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