What I'm Wearing: Complete Darth Vader Suit - Oppo Suits, Shoes - Giorgio Brutini
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"Nothin But Star Wars" (Feat. Oppo Suits x Star Wars)
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away a film called Star Wars: A New Hope was released. Here we are in modern times and we are still visiting that famous galaxy. As you know, I may not look like it, but I sure as hell am one of the biggest nerds. I take pride in that. I grew up loving superheroes, fairytales, and rooting for the light in the battle between the dark. I always saw a bit of myself in each character I loved growing up. For the past 2 years Star Wars has released a film in December. My brother Jamie and I made it a tradition to see all the new Star Wars films together when they premiered. Sadly this might be my last year with this tradition. No new Star Wars film will release next December, and instead we will get one in May. I don't know if I will be able to watch it with my brother due to the fact that I will be moving back home to LA. This year the film is called "The Last Jedi", so to go out with a bang i'm honored that Oppo Suits reached out to me to collaborate with them and wear one of their Star Wars collab suits. Darth Vader is such a complex character. Underneath all the evil is a man who is just battling his inner demons. His costume is his armor. Deep down inside he's just a man looking for a point of redemption. Christmas feels like the perfect time for Star Wars, because not only does this franchise bring joy, it shows us what forgiveness is about. Darth Vader did a lot of wrong, but in the end he did right. Through all the bad, he was forgiven in the end. I feel like Christmas is the perfect time to find a way to forgive those who have done wrong and share a common ground between the light and dark for the greater good.
I always related Star Wars to religion. I grew up Catholic and always saw the similarities between the 2. Oppo Suits had many different Star Wars designs for me to rock, but something about Darth Vader stood out to me. Not only is the suit very settle, its mysterious and the pop of red just adds another level of fire that burns for the inner battle within our souls. As the year ends the last major blockbuster of the year releases. “The Last Jedi” and the whole Star Wars franchise echoes what we go through today in society. This whole year the world has genuinely been a mess. In Star Wars they call the bad guys, the sith. From what we have all seen there is so many sith lords surrounding our world and doing horrible things. I try to touch base with the good and the bad things that happen in our world, and try to understand why these things happen. I think of the men like Anakin Skywalker. Before he was Darth Vader he was a young man named Anakin with a bright future ahead of him. Then one day he was lured into the dark side by an evil force named Darth Sidious. Anakin thought the ways of life on the dark side would benefit him in the long run, but it only brought out the worst in him. He could have had it all - Love, a family, honor… but he chose to give into his inner demons and burn all that he knew to become Darth Vader. He did however come full circle. Under all the armor, Anakin Skywalker’s true self was battling to get out. Darth Vader became Anakin in the end, and the light side didn’t refuse forgiving him. He learned his lesson and became one with the force, once again. What i’m trying to say is, we all come full circle. We all have to go and battle whatever demons in the world and in our souls. On Christmas day we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we morn his death on Good Friday, and celebrate his resurrection on Easter. We rise, we fall, but we always find a way to rise back up and stand in the light. Films like Star Wars and holidays like Christmas and Easter give us the one thing we need through all the darkness, hope.
This franchise has so many themes that can relate to each and every one of our lives. That's why I always look forward to what's next in the story. Star Wars has played a pivotal part in my story. There is something about it that hits me on an emotional level. The battle between light and dark reminds me of the battles I have faced, especially these last few years. Seeing that pinch of hope in the eyes of these characters, gives me a pinch of hope for another day and a brighter future. I love that Star Wars comes out during the holidays because this time of year is all about hope. "Christmas Time" is the time for gathering around the ones we love. We reflect and honor the good and bad of the past year. We look forward with love in our hearts and hope in our eyes, that through our heroes journey we will rise above it all and be the Last Jedi’s standing.
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