All of us purchase garments, however no two folks store the identical. It may be a social expertise, and a deeply private one; at instances, it may be impulsive and entertaining, at others, purpose-driven, a chore. The place do you store? When do you store? How do you determine what you want, how a lot to spend and what’s “you”? These are a few of the questions we’re placing to distinguished figures in our column “How I Store.”
Actor, author, producer and comic Julio Torres looks as if the sort to all the time have concepts percolating. He can also be sporting them — from his expressive and ever-evolving hair colour (highlighter pink proper now) to his equipment.
“These are only a bunch of charms I discovered,” he says, through Zoom, beneath a triumphant watercolor collage of a determine weightlifting (titled “Max Out” by multimedia artist Khari Johnson-Ricks). Torres considerately adjusts his digital camera to point out me every of the emblematic gold baubles round his neck. “We have just a little clown. This man’s just a little telephone. Somewhat carriage journey… This can be a cuckoo clock.” (Keep in mind this, as a result of a theme will turn out to be obvious in a couple of.)
Torres is doing the promo rounds for the way-too-long-anticipated second season of HBO’s “Los Espookys,” which ended its critically acclaimed debut within the before-times. (Proper earlier than Liza, Maria and I went to see Torres and writing associate, co-creator and co-star Ana Fabrega stay in Brooklyn as a part of Padma Lakshmi’s comedy showcase to help the Nationwide Community of Abortion Funds. We’re followers.)
Set in a fictional, unnamed Latin American nation, “Los Espookys” follows a scrappy, entrepreneurial Scooby gang-meets-performance troupe led by the candy, horror-obsessed Renaldo (performed by Bernardo Velasco); Fred Armisen performs his Uncle Tico; Fabrega inhabits the savant-like Tati, and Cassandra Ciangherotti her goth sister Úrsula. Together with co-writing and producing with Fabrega and Armisen on the ingeniously hilarious, largely Spanish-language collection, Torres performs Andrés, the pampered and deliciously self-unaware inheritor to a chocolate fortune. (Torres and Fabrega additionally thoughtfully write the bilingual English and Spanish subtitles, in itself a captivating and illuminating course of.)
Season two options some very fashion-y cameos, like an especially sport Isabella Rossellini dropping some F-bombs. (The cinema legend additionally co-stars in Torres’ upcoming function movie debut, alongside RZA and Tilda Swinton.) Seems, she’s a fan.
“We reached out and he or she was like, ‘Sure, I am going to do it,'” says Torres. “She had seen a few of the present and he or she likes it. So, I do not know, it was simply straightforward.”
Andrés strikes out on his personal this season — however with out limitless funds from his dad and mom. Nonetheless, he clearly left the household mansion together with his full wardrobe (after which some) to enterprise into uncharted territory, just like the grocery retailer. Andrés treats every of those challenges like his personal Oscar-bait costume drama. Or a Vogue unfold, slightly.
“Andrés is unquestionably extra into editorializing his jobs than he’s about performing his jobs,” says Torres. “It jogs my memory just a little little bit of ‘The Easy Life.’ He is largely excited in regards to the little outfits he will get to put on.”
After an exasperated Úrsula accuses Andrès of spending all of his Los Espookys cash on leather-based pants and music bins, he finds a job that matches his skillset: modeling in a staircase showroom. He descends his model of the runway in a gleaming silver go well with and a sequined checkered cape, full with glitter footwear and an on-theme fascinator (above).
Torres collaborated intently with returning costume designer Muriel Parra; the duo even shopped for materials collectively.
“For that scene particularly — which is my favourite outfit that he is worn, ever — we wished him to really feel regal, but in addition put upon,” he says. “We discovered this cloth that was very harlequin and really courtroom jester, which is to say that it is just a little demeaning, that he has to carry out for folks. He is like this little clown.” (Torres additionally sketched the staircase headpiece.)
Since he writes for and performs Andrés, understandably there’s some crossover — particularly style-wise.
“I am very into humorous equipment. I’ve found that I like hats and I’ve waves of baroque, like Andrés does,” he says. “However I positively moved away from blue — I used to be going via a really blue interval once I got here up with Andrés.” Torres additionally avoids ruffles, florals and “an excessive amount of cloth,” not like his character.
“I do not like feeling swallowed by cloth, and that is all Andrés is,” he says. “I like that typically. He is actually cheesy. I find it irresistible. Generally it is like, ‘Oh, God, nobody’s stopping him,’ and that is an issue. Nobody’s enhancing him down.”
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However Torres does, in a means, costume, hair and make-up design his personal aesthetic, primarily based on his temper and stage in life. In a current New Yorker profile, Fabrega defined that Torres went via darkish clothes stage to “soak up,” and a silver second when desirous to “replicate,” for example. Notably, in his 2019 HBO comedy particular “My Favourite Shapes” — during which he reimagines an hourglass, a tiny mirror tile and a marbled lucite toothbrush holder as “Tilda Swinton’s residence” — he is clad in a lustrous silver pleated go well with, with glitter flecks on his fingers for further aptitude in displaying his shapes transferring by on a transparent conveyor belt. (Parra additionally costume designed “My Favourite Shapes.”)
Seems, creativity and inventive expertise run in his household: His mom Tita is an architect and designer, who additionally creates purses (and décor for Torres’s Greenpoint workplace) with Torres’ sister, Marta. He spent his childhood in San Salvador, El Salvador, dwelling above his mother’s boutique. The three would collaborate on his wardrobe after he moved to New York Metropolis to check at The New College (after which to put in writing on reveals like “Saturday Night time Stay,” which earned him 4 Emmy nominations). Torres would store for attention-grabbing materials in New York and ship his finds to a trusted tailor in San Salvador, the place his mom and sister would oversee the manufacturing.
“I have not finished it in a minute [because of] Covid, clearly, however I am making to try this once more,” says Torres, considering his subsequent spherical of customized designs, which really sound very Andrés season two. “I am going via a really ‘citadel’ [stage] — a harlequin, fantasy second.”
Forward, Torres displays on his present fashion temper, which is impressed by Zoomers (or wannabe Zoomers), ponders the right way to put on a current and really “Los Espookys”-esque buy and extra.
“I am feeling jovial and playful. I am at a second the place I am simply discovering what the subsequent factor shall be. One thing that I’ve realized not too long ago is that everybody is doing ‘trend,’ proper? I believe it is a trickle-down impact from ‘Euphoria’ or one thing: Persons are doing enjoyable issues with their hair; the earrings are getting larger; persons are mixing and matching patterns. Everybody’s turning up the amount just a little bit with what they’re sporting. Additionally, everybody’s dressed like just a little bratty teen — like, everybody has their humorous little necklace and the little bucket hat. Everybody’s cosplaying as just a little teen.
“It is bizarre: Often, I am dressed fairly in another way than folks, then I am going to discover somebody and I am like [surprised], ‘That is one thing that I might put on…’ So now I believe I’ve to discover a strategy to really feel like my very own individual inside that.
“I found trend very early on. My mother was a designer once I was a child. I beloved selecting my outfits. [When I was] like six or one thing, I might sketch princess clothes that have been very not like what my mother was designing, which was very glossy and horny and geometric. I beloved seeing the luggage that my mother would make. My mother’s all the time very a lot about experimenting and being playful. Nothing is everlasting. She’ll decide a chair, then she will not prefer it, so she’ll paint it, she’ll do away with it, she’ll give you one thing new. It’s extremely ever-flowing. Nothing’s ever static. That is one thing I believe I’ve actually absorbed — that nothing is last, and actually experiencing life and expressing love via tasks and creativity.
“I wish to design a bag that makes the sound like a cuckoo clock [along with the bird popping out]. You simply carry across the cuckoo clock. [Maybe I’d collaborate with my mom on it, but] she’s not Baroque. She’s not ornate. Generally you discover a center floor, however she’s positively sleeker, metallic and geometric.
“I’ve this tall blue cone hat that I am going to put on once I’m performing on-stage typically. I am type on my strategy to one thing with that. Generally I like feeling prefer it’s a efficiency and having enjoyable; you are elevated or odd not directly, to obviously talk a tone and world construct. I imply, I like the concept of a persona. Once I began doing stand-up, I wearing all black and was just a little nearly robotic. Generally I discover myself lacking him just a little bit. I did lots of metallics for some time. Now, I might love some poofy sleeves — once more, within the citadel vibe. Possibly the cuckoo clock will turn out to be just a little backpack or one thing.
“I by no means wish to go store, after which I am going procuring. It is all the time like I am strolling by a retailer and I am going in and I am curious and perhaps I am going to get one thing. I by no means have one thing particular in thoughts as a result of I am going to by no means discover the factor that I am precisely craving. If I am not sketching one thing to be made, I am simply permitting the town to shock me.
“Lately, I obtained this — and I do not know what to do with it — actually huge ring of gold brass skeleton keys. Spooky citadel keys. Possibly I am going to like clip that to a belt or one thing. I simply obtained this watch from Alabaster Industries, which can be just a little ‘citadel,’ however like spooky. I am actually into it, as a result of that is the opposite factor: It is like citadel, however just a little just a little odd. Somewhat weird, darkish magic.”
“Los Espookys” premieres on Friday, Sept. 16, with new episodes releasing weekly on HBO and HBO Max.
This interview has been edited and condensed for readability.
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