Fashion According to Lucifer / Being Yourself is the Dirtiest Thing You Can Do
Let me tell you a story about a boy and a girl. Aaand this is where the romantic fairy-tale-kind-of-introduction ends.
It’s time for the really dirty one. Yes, there’s a boy and a girl in this story, but you better call them Stained Jabot (@stainedjabot on Instagram). Wait until you start fantasizing what’s behind it. As the founders Lucifer and Agneta like to say, what they are creating here is an incubator of arts, men fashion and wunderkammer. Or a fantasy island, which was invented out of their need to find answers on how to escape the monsters of the inside hell. But out of all their passions let’s stick to the men fashion this time. The way Lucifer loves to dress in order to celebrate his individuality is something you can see only in the adult movies or… on Instagram. But the thing is, that Lucifer really wears all this stuff in his daily life without exceptions.
29 April, 2019
by BARBORA GEDVILAITE
cover photo: Talk Dirty to Me. Lucifer is wearing crystal choker and rings by Gucci.
First of all, Lucifer, tell me how come fashion means so much in your life?
I am Italian. I was born and spent my childhood in magnificent Rome. Style and fashion have always been an important part of my life. I can even say it was my destiny. My late aunt was Dior and Chanel haute couture client since the glamorous 50s and 60s. My father was addicted to the made-to-measure clothing all his life to the point where his boxers had to match the colour and prints of his shirts. As a consequence, during my childhood, I was dressed only in made-to-measure clothes too, including knitwear and shoes.
Where did the dirty part come from?
At my early age I learned the power of fashion in society. Soon I’ve got familiar with the impressions you can make with an outfit, also, how it can influence the interpretations that people make about you and, finally, how to win from all of this. This dirty side of the fashion inspired me to start exploring and studying the relations between fashion, individual psychology and sociology. Now I am capable to change and manipulate how people react towards me. It can happen while boarding a plane, entering a restaurant, giving a public speech, during other social gatherings or on a more private level. But the thing is, I am not looking for attention with my way of dressing. I do that only to please myself and I don’t give a shit about what people say about me. I am not interested either in bad nor good opinion about me.
Seems that in your dirtiest outfits black and red are very usual colours. Why they are considered to be the dirtiest ones?
I suppose that contemporary Western culture consider black and red to be dirty colours due to a few reasons: the mainstream considers black to be a negative entity, originating from the primordial fear of the unknown, obscure and mysterious; and red is related to blood which, we believe, must remain inside our bodies, otherwise it is scary. At the same time, in the present urban landscape, the combination of red and black is a sign of danger and warning.
But during the course of human history, black and red were not always dirty colours. To briefly mention a few examples, during all the antiquity black was considered to be a positive colour of fertility (colour of the Earth). The most powerful gods in the past were believed to have black skin. In ancient Egypt, black was considered the most positive colour. The Latins had two words that referred to different kinds of black: one of them was the negative ater (black matte) and the other one - niger (shiny black), a positive one.
On the other hand, red is a colour of power and it always was the colour of noble and wealthy throughout the ages. One of the motifs was the particularly high price of dying the textiles and this made it much more exclusive. Kings and nobility, as well as Catholic cardinals, are wearing red for centuries. From Roman times red symbolizes love and fidelity. For the Catholics, it was the colour of Christ Passion. In China even today it is believed that red colour brings luck and prosperity.
And yet I think that the dirtiest colours of all are pink (not the shocking-Schiaparelli-pink but the Barbie-pink) and pale blue. These two colours are used globally for children brainwashing, especially when we are talking about gender obligations. I find it really dirty to force a free young soul to choose a colour as a gender identity.
You love big brands. So, if you had to pick one as the dirtiest one, what would it be?
It would be Rick Owens and Palomo Spain. While being totally different at the same time both of these brands represent fashion that is capable to obscure the traditional male image. This makes difficult to put their style in a box.
What is the dirtiest thing you should recommend everyone to try once in a lifetime?
To be yourself. In a world of Instagram and fake representation of oneself, together with political correctness, it feels like to be free and to be yourself is the dirtiest thing you can do. I recommend everyone to try saying what you want to say. Or to try putting yourself in a situation (for example, wear a dirty outfit) where others will criticize you and learn to enjoy the insults and negative feedback. I have learned that criticism and negativity towards my outfits are never towards “the style” – it’s always towards the freedom of doing what I want.
Time to put your cards on the table. Is Lucifer your real name?
Lucifer is my name now and it perfectly represents my role in the society. The archetypal Lucifer (derived from Latin lux (light) and ferre (to bring)), despite the primitive translation to the devil, represents rebellion, light bringer to the prohibited or ignored areas.
What do you do in your life after you get into one of your dirty outfits?
It is not easy to summarize all the things that I do in life. Since we are touching the subjects of style and fashion, I can reveal that I have 30 years of experience in this field. Besides my current activities as a fashion consultant 360º (from designers to stylists), lecturer and collector of men fashion garments, we are also building a complex creative platform called Stained Jabot together with Agneta Mazonyte. Stained Jabot combines men fashion, art, image and video making, interviews and art exhibitions. Everything we love the most. Our Instagram account is our starting point, which will be followed by the website and other platforms. Stay tuned. We are about to serve you some more dirty stuff.
Since April is the Month of Dirt in the Abstract Stylist planet, tell us how dirty are you in the scale from 1 (not dirty at all) to 10 (oh so dirty)?
Below Zero. Believe it or not, I am not dirty at all for myself. For society – I am a 10+.