Not too long ago, my Netflix queue suggested a movie called "The Tents," which is a behind-the-scenes look at Fashion Week. I was fascinated to learn that New York's Fashion Week gained international recognition in the early 1990's when forward-thinking members of the fashion industry convinced New York city to allow them to set up huge tents in Bryant Park. By concentrating all of the week's activities in one location, they created a fashion extravaganza that brought attention to American designers.
Watching the interviews with Donna Karan and Betsey Johnson and Caroline Herrera caused me to think about American aesthetics and fashion. It also got me thinking about personal style. One of my favorite parts of the movie was interviews with the regular, everyday people who spent months planning their outfits for Fashion Week.
Often when I look at a fashion magazine, I find myself looking in my closet and my make-up bag and thinking about how I can re-imagine my style. Sometimes this means combining clothing, jewelry, or shoes that I had never worn together before. Other time it means trying different make-up or changing my haircut or color.
According to Ralph Lauren, "Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It's not about brands. It's about something else that comes from within you."
Fashion Week is a great time to find inspiration to try something new!