Some things have a way to, randomly, come into our lives and stay and say Hi, once in a while, as a reminder about what we believe in, what truly makes us happy, the individuals we want to be, picking up the phone and say something hilarious to someone we love or, simply, to wear sunscreen.
It was the Summer of 2000 when my parents, brother and I were on a road trip through Southern Europe. It’s one of the most fun and genuine holidays ever! We travelled with a made of paper map (!), looked at the surroundings with our eyes not through our phones, talked and listened to music. Just like we, still, do.
It was in Andorra la Vella, the capital of Andorra, where I remember sitting in the back of the car with my mom, but always pushing with my shoulders between the front seats (almost always occupied by my dad and brother), while sitting on my pits and looking through the front window frame. Very comfy. It was right then and there that I first heard Baz Luhrmann’s Sunscreen.
The subconscious must have listened, very carefully, to the lyrics for they, till this day, take me straight back to the year 2000, the road trip, the family, the light, the ease, the dreams from when being a kid, the tease I used to – I still do it ? – annoy my brother with, the ideals, the excitement of life. I had no idea of Luhrmann, Shazam didn’t exist, so I just let my mind wander. No frames, no nothing.
I’d seen and fallen in love with his Romeo & Juliet, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, without knowing it’s his. When my brother told me who Baz was, some time later, I loved making the connection. However, the lyrics were taken from a famous essay, written in 1997 by Mary Schmich, a columnist with the Chicago Tribune.
It’s amazing how some memories are still so vivid in my mind, piece by piece, word by word, and others seem like from a completely different life, regardless of time or space.
It’s also amazing how at 15, some of us were so sure that by 21, we would have become what we’d figured out of wanting to become by 21. Well…
Life is anything but a certainty. It’s pretty fun.
When bumping into the news on H&M’s latest collaboration – dropping stores November 2nd – with the London based must-have designer, loved by celebrities and fashion insiders alike, Erdem, I could not but awe at the even more exciting news that the visionary filmmaker Baz Luhrmann will bring the collection to life through his unique storytelling.
For me, fashion is always about more than just clothing, it is a form of expression – a standalone art form. I am excited to be collaborating with Erdem and H&M to reveal the story of this unique collection, says Baz Luhrmann.
I can’t say that I can’t sleep until I see the short fashion film, but I can say that I was happy to go, for a brief moment, back to the year 2000 and look again, through the eyes of the kid in the car, at the individual today.
There’s a point in doing one thing everyday that scares us. It might not happen everyday, but things like walking on a wire at 16 m high (even when protected in an amusement park) make me feel like Batman, make me want to find Batman and borrow his suit for a day, like there’s no tomorrow.
Seeing a bug, though, always freaks me out to the extent of barely finding the courage to put a glass over it, then leave a note on the spot and hope for someone to come, read it and take the bug out of it. No point here. Just scare.
However, the sunscreen must keep the bugs away.
Erdem Spring 2017 Ready-to-wear:
Photos via Voguerunway.com.