Review by Lucas Pantoja
It’s fashion week, which means means everybody from editors, influencers, and fanatics all put on their most coveted garments as they dance around from show to show like a circus act. Often times what many people don’t take into consideration when dressing themselves is the importance of how clothing fits to one’s bodily movements. Sometimes we find people wearing clothing they can’t move in just to flash it around, and in an effort to be noticed they not only look but feel uncomfortable. Simply put this is a matter of the clothes wearing the person, not the person wearing the clothes; but leave it to Sartorial Monk to design a collection which does everything but take over it’s user.
For the Sartorial Monk Fall/Winter 2019 collection titled ‘Gesto’ or ‘Gesture’ in English, designer Sabato Russo took fashion to a place in which spirits and clothing communicate through bodily movements, the purest form of clothing that is to be a companion to its wearer.
Inside the collection we find a large array of soft, body hugging coats, loose unstructured tailoring, cozy athleisure, and brisk dresses full of movement. Dominant fabrics include natural wool, cashmere, mohair, velvet, and an opulent silk.
Colors, cohesively flowing along with the purity of the collections inspiration, remained neutral consisting of: zinc, white, taupe, and black. But in an effort to add a little more flavor to the pieces many of the velvet and silk garms were presented in a burnt gold and flamingo red.
“My clients are people who have strong personalities, so this needs to be a part of my collection. Wearing Sartorial Monk isn’t going to change who you are on the outside, it has to just give a compliment to who you are.”
A truly humble and noble collection, almost jedi-like in a way — fit for not anybody partaking in a specific subculture but more so one who practices the importance of comfortability in their dress.
What strikes me is the clothing’s honesty and reliability on the persona of its user, I’ll end with a quote from Buddha himself “Purity and impurity depend on oneself; no one can purify another”.