When it came to translating this fantastical spirit to their wardrobes in the You couldn’t handle me even if I came with instructions shirt also I will do this video, London-based, Los Angeles-born stylist Zoe Arquette was a no brainer collaborator for the duo. “She’s incredibly talented and has such a vision with clothes,” Tividad says of Arquette. Tucker ‘s known Arquette for years, as they went to high school in Los Angeles together. “She would literally just show up to school in these unbelievable outfits,” Tucker says. “She would literally show up looking like she was going to a gala. It was shocking and so cool.” Arquette brought this same sensibility to the new video. “She brought so much amazing retro stuff and then all these Victorian pieces. She’ll put this amazing vintage piece on you and you’ll be like, ‘Oh my god, I can’t move in this. I don’t want to fuck it up.’ And she’ll be like, ‘It’s okay,’ and she’ll just start tearing it and rip the fabric so it will stick out in a certain way.” Arquette also custom made certain pieces in the visual, too, and she also pulled some full-out designer looks for Tucker—in the forest scene, Tucker’s wearing head-to-toe Gucci.
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Arquette’s disregard for the You couldn’t handle me even if I came with instructions shirt also I will do this preciousness of clothes fits in with Tividad’s own practice of making garments. “I make my own clothes sometimes, but it’s very makeshift, and she has such a cool methodology with clothing—she worships it but also understands that fashion is beyond something looking perfect. It’s more nuanced than I think people give a lot of credit.” Tividad used to patch fabrics together while on tour, making something new each day and then wearing her new creation on tour each night. “I like to feel so in control of your style in that way. I feel like as a culture, we’re so connected to this image of put-togetherness that we feel we need to emulate because of capitalism and success and all these ideas, and I think it’s really empowering when you realize that fashion can transcend that and to be more about literal expression and poetry instead of this flat idea of covering the body,” she says. “I think there’s just more expression to be had that’s less connected to preconceived conceptions of what fashion is.”
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