Believe it or not,
when I donned this ensemble,
I did not think that I looked like a train conductor.
I know -
But it's true.
Which got me thinking about the nature of inspiration.
I wonder if it is solely based on our instinctive appreciation for very specific aesthetics we've once seen in the past, or it it's more related to the stories behind those aesthetics.
when I was in grade school, I vividly remember attending a high school band concern in which all of the cool high school girls wore baggy athletic pants with tight shirts.
To this day - regardless of whether or not that silhouette is in fashion, it appeals to my senses. Not necessarily because of its innate qualities, but because of the associated sentiments.
And take this chugachoo do.
What could have prompted such a subconcious, yet blatantly evident ode to caboose conductors world over?
Is it just me, or were engineers always the all-time best characters on children's shows? Masters of that perfect blend of cheesiness and practicality - they did their job well and often sang a song while doing it.
So, while I may not have consciously drawn from this subversive sort of inspiration when selecting this onesie of sorts, I'm certain it affected me nonetheless.
|romper, tee (best tee on earth, no lies): Anthro, scarf: Paris thrifted, boots: Etienne Aigner, purse: grandma's, watch: Anne Klein|
I guess we've got to find our muse somewhere, whether that be ideas or items, memories or modern . . .
Here's where these folks found evocative: ...
- Alexander Wang: "shows like “Saved by the Bell.” (source)
- Derek Lam: “In Japan they call them fashion nerds, but to me they’re not nerdy. They’re fabulous,” (referring to "the nattily dressed flock of men who descend on the streets of Florence for the menswear tradeshow known as Pitti Uomo") (source)
- Emma Farrow (head of designer @ Topshop): "Usually I pick up things on my travels, quite often from vintage finds in New York or LA; otherwise I regularly visit Rellik for ideas." (source)
- Jonny Johansson (creative director @ Acne): "we liked the whole Andy Warhol liberation of art and commerciality." (source)
designers ):" [got a dose of inspiration for fall 2013] after seeing Picasso's "Black and White" exhibition at the Guggenheim." (source)
photos by sheeds