Because there is endless design and creating to do, you may wonder how do I pick the ones that I make? Besides focusing on ethically sourced and sustainable clothing, why are those garments so unique?
Do I follow the trend? The catwalk? Since we talked last week about SUPERPOWER (link to the blog) and uniqueness, how do I set myself apart with what I do?
Secret 1: A la Francaise Inspo
I get inspiration from Paris street style. The classic, the elegant, the simplicity… the not too tight, the not too complicated. To add, the things that last, the things that go beyond seasons, the dresses that you can potentially wear in Summer with sandals and a straw hat, or in Winter with a leather jacket and some tights.
Secret 2: Le Vintage Inspo
I am inspired by the old. Fashion is a constant circle of trend – we always come back to the 70’s style, always come back to wearing certain prints or fabrics. The catwalk is inspired by it too. So I do my own art. When I see an old piece on social media and I start picturing it with fabrics that I bought, with this change here, maybe a bit longer or maybe a bit shorter, or maybe if this collar is like this… etc. I know by then that is the piece I need to work on.
My designs are unique in the way that I don’t follow trends, I acknowledge it and see if it fits my ideas and if not it’s totally okay… because the uniqueness and longevity are worth more than the seasonal trends.
Secret 3: Fabric Inspo
I like to rethink what has been done, again haha. In the first collection, the Blouse Kiki fabric has been used by another company for making baby boy bibs only! Evidently, I saw some power in this French Bulldog fabric, as I am almost SOLD OUT!
This is what I call “being yourself and beyond”. It is the way of doing things in your own way, because your heart is speaking more than any magazine or fashion trend. Be your own creator. As Andy Warhol said: “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”
Now you know my “secrets” and drive behind designing for ethical fashion and fair trade women’s clothing. What are your “secrets” that set you apart? What are your top inspirations?