Before every season, I tend to make a sort of mood board for myself. Mood boards are the primary way a designer organizes his thoughts and inspirations when designing and creating a new collection. A mood board can consist of images, magazine clippings, quotes, fabrics, photographs, different assortments of objects, to even a particular set of colors.
For the summer I decided on blue and white as my colors of choice. Blue happens to be my favorite color so I tend to wear it year-round. White, however is the color of summer. Unlike any other color it is organized into everyone’s summer wardrobe. In Greece, I decided to wear only blue and white. These are the colors that feel bohemian, and historically Greek in fashion, and also the colors of much of the architecture on Santorini. Even the scenery is blue, being mostly water and sky in the white sun, taking on a soft but shining glare to these images. Many times I decide to contrast my outfit to a setting versus compliment it. Yet, being in a place like Greece I couldn’t help but dress for the location in full force: this meant dressing up for the laid back feel. Perhaps by dressing fancier, unlike many of the swim-suit clad vacationers, I contrasted with the expected. Mood boards are a way of defining your own personal style. Whether it be by compiling articles and magazine clippings on fashion or rather finding whatever inspires you and seeing it together, by doing so, not only will you have fun making a sort of code to your wardrobe but you will begin to find the patterns that draw clothes together.
Raf Simons, the artistic director of Dior is one of my favorite designers. I love his process. Unlike many designers, he doesn’t sketch or sew. He instead talks and organizes. He and his work partner, Pietre Mulier, talk back and forth about ideas and inspirations. He looks to old designs by Christian Dior himself and finds a way to update them. His main source of inspiration is from art. He designs certain fabrics to mimic the look of an artist’s collection. He does all of this to Smashing Pumpkins. I love Raf Simons’s approach to fashion. Having taken some design classes myself at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I have seen how the creative process typically works: inspiration, mood board, sketches, paper cutouts, muslin, final product, runway show. Raf Simons’s approach is much more similar to that of a professor getting ready to teach versus that of the normal conventional designer. I love the research behind it. The mentality behind it. And how conceptual it really is.
My Look: Louis Boston dress, Prada sunglasses, and Topshop flatform sandals