Over the last two weeks or so, I have tried through my blog posts to explore ideas of individuality, uniqueness, and daring in dress. Fashion does not have to equal trendiness; the individuals I have profiled have shown that sometimes thinking outside of the box, or simply following your own heart can equal real innovation in design.
My profiles on Anna Piaggi, Julie Verhoeven, and jeweler Jen McCaw demonstrate how humor and light-heartedness are essential elements to a unique fashion sense. All three of these women have stayed true to themselves, and are constantly evolving and growing without being swallowed up by mainstream fashion.
These past few weeks I have added profiles for designers such as Christian Lacroix, Dries van Noten, and Undercover's Jun Takahashi to Art & Culture. Although these three creators work in very different ways, each has stuck to their guns over the years, and not made trendy fashion. Each has drawn an audience to their work by being original and unique.
Looking to the past, Jeanne Lanvin and her Robes de Style are another example of fashion designers following their own tastes. She made and remade the same silhouette hundreds of times, but through revisiting one specific silhouette, she was able to make the style her own, and let her creativity run free while crafting them. On a similar note, the extreme street-style fashions of the Incroyables and Merveilleuses was at first shocking, yet influenced fashion for years after they partied in Paris during the French Revolution.
Finally, my series of blog posts on fashion icons of the twentieth century shows how sometimes styles are not started by designers, but by the women around them. Although my list of ladies is very diverse, all of them had a strong personality, self-confidence, and a keen eye for dramatic and artistic clothing. There would be no Hermes Birkin bag without Jane Birkin herself, for example.
My fellow fashion cuator Sarah Leonetti has been exploring ideas of shopping and being fashionable in a tough economic situation. I totally agree with dressing for the times, and right now is not the time to be blowing cash on fashion. I propose that we should look to ourselves when approaching style, and take inspiration from the fashion mavericks and innovators who I have profiled these past few weeks. Why not revisit your own wardrobe? Try to have some things altered? Wear something old that you usually ignore? Mix old garments in new ways?
I think the muses, designers, singers, actresses, and artists I have explored can show all of us that fashion is frivilous and should not be taken too seriously. Stop following trends and follow your own heart and instinct. By being an individual, you can open all doors of possibility, where fashion can allow you to reinvent yourself time and again.
So, I will leave you today with a little David Bowie to get you inspired....Cheers!