We all shop for clothes, but no one shop is the same. It is both a social experience and a deeply personal experience. It can be impulsive and funny, or it can be a purpose-driven chore. where do you shop? When do you shop? How do you decide what you need, how much to spend, and what “you” is? These are some of the questions we pose to celebrities in our “How I Shop” column.
Actor, writer, producer, comedian Julius Torres You seem to be the type that is always permeated with ideas. He could also wear them, from his expressive and ever-evolving hair color (now a highlighter pink) to accessories.
“These are the collections of charm I have found,” he says via zoom, under a triumphant watercolor collage of figures lifting weights (titledmax outby multimedia artists Kari Johnson Ricks). Torres carefully adjusted the camera to reveal each of the iconic gold baubles draped around his neck. “There’s a little clown. This guy is a little phone. He’s in a little carriage…This is a cuckoo clock.”
Torres is making the promotional rounds for the highly anticipated second season of HBO’s “Los Espookys.” (Just before Liza, Maria and I went to see Torres and writing partner, co-creator and co-star Ana Fabrega live in Brooklyn. Part of Padma Lakshmi’s Comedy Showcase supported a national network of abortion funds.We are fans.)
Set in a fictional, unnamed Latin American country, “Los Espookys” follows a gang and performance troupe of scrappy entrepreneur Scooby led by the sweet, horror-obsessed Renaldo (played by Bernardo Velasco). Continue. Fred Armisen plays his uncle Tico. Fabrega lives in a sage-like Tachi, and Cassandra Chanherotti lives in her Goth sister Ursula. In a seminal, hilarious, primarily Spanish-language series, in addition to co-writing and producing with Fabrega and Armisen, Torres plays Andrés, the spoiled, delicious and self-conscious heir to a chocolate fortune. increase. (Torres and Fabrega also thoughtfully Write bilingual English and Spanish subtitles, is a fascinating and enlightening process in itself. )
Season 2 features some very fashionable cameos, like the very game where Isabella Rossellini drops the F-bomb. (The movie legend also co-stars in Torres’ upcoming feature film debut, alongside RZA and Tilda Swinton.) After all, she’s a fan.
“We reached out and she said, ‘Yes, we’ll do it,'” says Torres. “She’s seen some of the shows and she likes it. So I don’t know. It was easy.”
This season, Andrés will strike on his own, but without unlimited funds from his parents. Still, he apparently left his family’s mansion with a full wardrobe (and some) to venture into uncharted territory like the grocery store. Andrés treats each of these challenges like his own Oscar his bait his costume his drama.or trend rather spread.
“Andrés is definitely more interested in editing his work than in getting his work done,” says Torres. “It reminded me a bit of ‘The Simple Life.’ He’s mostly excited about the little outfits he wears.”
An outraged Ursula finds a job that fits his skill set after Andrés accuses him of spending all of Ross Espuki’s money on leather pants and music boxes. He descends his version of the runway in a sparkly silver suit and sequined checkered cloak, complete with glitter shoes and a themed fascinator (above).
Torres worked closely with returning costume designer Muriel Parra. The duo even shopped for fabric together.
“It’s my favorite outfit he’s wearing, especially for that scene. so far —We wanted him to feel dignified, but also to wear it. He’s like this little clown.”
He writes and acts for Andrés, so naturally there’s some crossover – especially in terms of style.
“I love interesting accessories. I love hats, and I discovered, like Andres, that they have baroque waves,” he says. “But I’ve definitely moved away from blue.” I was going through a very blue period when I came up with Andres.” Torres also avoids frills, florals and “too much fabric,” unlike his character. .
“I don’t like being swallowed by fabric. That’s what Andres is all about,” he says. “Sometimes I like it. He’s really sticky. I love it. Sometimes I’m like, ‘Oh God, no one’s stopping him.’ But that’s the problem.” No one has edited him.
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In a way, though, Torres designs his own aesthetic of outfits, hair, and makeup based on his mood and stage of life. New Yorker profileEspecially in his 2019 HBO comedy special.”my favorite shape– reimagining an hourglass, tiny mirror tiles and a marble Lucite toothbrush holder as ‘Tilda Swinton’s apartment’ – he wears a shiny silver pleated suit with specks of glitter on his hands Yes, and has an extra knack for displaying shapes in motion, on a transparent conveyor belt. (Parra also designed the costume for “My Favorite Shapes”)
Creativity and artistic talent turned out to be passed down in his family.His mother, Tita, was an architect and fashion designer and a handbag (and decorator) designer. Torres’ Greenpoint Office) with Torres’ sister, Marta. He spent his childhood in San Salvador, El Salvador, living above his mother’s boutique. After he moved to New York City and studied at The New School, the three collaborated on his wardrobe (then writing for shows such as the four-time Emmy-nominated “Saturday Night Live”). Torres bought interesting fabrics in New York and sent what he found to a trusted tailor in San Salvador, where his mother and his sister oversaw the manufacturing.
“I didn’t do it right away [because of] Covid of course, but I’m about to do it again. [stage] — Harlequin, a moment of fantasy. ”
Torres earlier reflects on his current style mood, which is inspired by Zoomers (or would-be Zoomers), including his recent purchases of a very “Los Espookies” look.
“I’m playful and playful. I’m in a moment of figuring out what’s next. What I’ve noticed lately is that everyone is doing it.”fashion,’ right? I think it’s a trickle-down effect from “Euphoria” or something. People do fun things with their hair. Earrings are getting bigger. People are mixing patterns. The volume is raised a little by what everyone is wearing. Also, everyone is dressed like her teen who is a little surly. For example, everyone has a funny little necklace and a little bucket his hat. Everyone is cosplaying as a teenager.
“It’s strange, even though you’re usually dressed very differently, when you find someone and [surprised]”That’s what I wear…” So now I think I have to find a way to feel like myself in it.
“I was introduced to fashion very early. When I was a child, my mother was a fashion designer. I loved choosing clothes. [When I was] Like 6 or something, I sketch a very attractive princess dress. No Very sleek, sexy and geometric, just like the ones my mom used to design. I loved seeing the bags my mother made. My mother is always experimental and playful. Nothing is permanent. She chooses her chair, but she doesn’t like it, so she paints it, throws it away, or comes up with a new one. It’s so continuous. Nothing static. I think that’s what I really absorbed — nothing is final, just experiencing life and expressing love through projects and creativity.
“I want to design a bag that sounds like a cuckoo clock.” [along with the bird popping out]Just carry a cuckoo clock with you. [Maybe I’d collaborate with my mom on it, but] She is not baroque. she’s not gorgeous Sometimes she finds a middle ground, but she’s definitely smarter, metallic and geometric.
“I have a tall blue cone hat that I wear sometimes when I perform on stage. I’m on my way to something. Sometimes I like to enjoy it because it feels like a performance. You It’s uplifting or bizarre in some way to clearly convey the tone and world-building. PersonaWhen I started doing stand-up, I was dressed in all black and was a little robotic. It’s been a long time since I’ve done metallic. Now I love some pretty sleeves—again, with a castle vibe.
“I definitely don’t want to go Shop, then go shopping. Always walking in front of the shop, when I entered, I was full of curiosity, perhaps I get something I never have anything specific in mind because I never find exactly what I want.
“Recently I got this – and I don’t know what to do with it – a really big ring of gold brass skeleton keys. A spooky castle key. Maybe clip it to a belt or something I just got this watch because alabaster industry, which is also a bit “castle”, but spooky. I’m really into it because it’s a different thing.It’s like a castle, but a little bit weirder. ”
“Los Espookys” premieres on Friday, September 16, with new episodes releasing weekly on HBO and HBO Max.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.