I'd like to say that I've been keeping up with maintaining some semblance of style while working from and staying home. But in reality, I haven't worn proper trousers in a while. Life has revolved around home, an evening run around the estate, and then perhaps a quick walk to the supermarket in said workout clothes.
Sure, I'd make an attempt on some days just to lift my mood. But the trousers stay on for only half an hour before I change into comfortable (but definitely not Zoom-appropriate) shorts. It's still effective though; I found myself feeling less gloom-and-doom.
That is the power of fashion: to make one feel good, even more than making one look good.
Just in time to feed our collective need and desire to travel beyond the confines of our personal environments, Animal Crossing: New Horizons got released. The Nintendo Switch-only game is reminiscent of the all too familiar computer game that most millennials have had a go at, The Sims. It is a tad more wholesome in that you're collecting insects and building up your own space within a deserted island, as opposed to, I don't know, killing off your The Sims family in a burning mansion.
What no one saw coming is how Animal Crossing: New Horizons is turning out to be fashion's next virtual platform. Players (who are clearly fashion fans too) have been dressing their avatars in custom styles that resemble fashion from brands such as Jacquemus, Ader Error and Prada. Using the game's Nook Phone (obtained at the beginning of the game from Tom Nook), the 'Custom Designs' option allows players to customise basic clothes. To take that to the next level and create pieces stripped from the runways, players have to purchase a 'Custom Design Pro Editor' special item from the Nook Stop, unlocking more in-depth customisation features that can then be shared with every other player through QR codes. It's really quite brilliant.
And where can one find a collection of some of the most high fashion pieces in Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Musician and visual artist Kara Chung has created an Instagram account (@animalcrossingfashionarchive) just for that purpose. Chung posts submissions from fashionable Animal Crossing: New Horizons players and their creations, together with the codes to download them for your own game.
If you need any indication at all that this is fashion's latest virtual platform, @animalcrossingfashionarchive has partnered up with brands such as Valentino and Marc Jacobs for custom looks that players can just download and dress their avatars in.
It's time to get out of that style slump, at least virtually. Here are some of our top picks from @animalcrossingfashionarchive for a more stylish deserted island experience.
Keep in dapper in Thom Browne
Everything is Gucci
Dripping in luxury
Straight off the purple runway
A Bode jacket looks great in real life as well as virtually
Who says you can't wear Yohji on an island?
Startup but make it fashion
The Valentino fam is all here
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(1/3) Excited to announce that we collaborated with @maisonvalentino on 20 custom men’s and women’s SS20/PF20 looks, featuring fluorescent dresses, puffer jackets, logo hats and more. Codes available soon via stories. So grateful to Valentino for creating an open conversation with artists on this platform, proving that the joy of creation translates into the digital realm and beyond. In-game photography & video / @kara__chung Virtual clothing design @carloleezy @isaiaraneta @jasonroberto @marompu_ @nicconcepcion @raalfonsoo @selinadg @kara__chung