Some things just have a way to randomly come into our lives and stay and say “hi” once in a while as a reminder of what we believe in, of what truly makes us happy, of the individuals we want to be, of picking up the phone and say something hilarious to someone we love or of simply “wearing sunscreen”.
As Baz Luhrmann would say.
It was the Summer of 2000 when my parents, brother and I were on a road trip through Southern Europe. It was one of the most fun and genuine holidays ever, we were travelling by a map actually made of paper and were actually looking at the surroundings with our eyes not through our phones, but talking and listening to music just like we do today.
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 today take me straight back to the 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 literally. I had no idea of Luhrmann, Shazam didn’t exist, so I just let my mind wander. No frames, no nothing.
I had seen his Romeo & Juliet, though, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, without knowing it’s his. When my brother told me who Baz is some time later, I loved making the connection. Shakespeare’s tragedy is one of my all time favourite adaptations. However, the lyrics are not his, they were taken from a famous essay, written in 1997 by Mary Schmich, a columnist with the Chicago Tribune.
It is 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 had already figured out of wanting to become by 21. Well…
Life is anything but a certainty. It’s pretty fun.
So, 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 wonder if this happened thanks to wearing sunscreen. I can not say that I can not sleep until I see the short fashion film, but I can say that I was happy to go for a brief moment back into the 2000 thanks to Luhrmann again and to look through the eyes of the then kid in the car at the individual today.
There is 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) make me feel like Batman, make me want to find Batman and borrow his suit for a day like there is 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 and read it and then 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.