7.05.2015

Inspiration

One of the most fascinating aspects of being a fashion writer is when I am given the opportunity to ask the designers where they draw their inspiration from, or, what inspired them for the collection? I enjoy watching their faces light-up as they explain, in detail, how the collection came about. Back in March, I attended the FIDM Debut 2015 runway show during Palm Springs Fashion Week. I am always thrilled to see new talent emerge into the spotlight. I was particularly intrigued by designer, Leetal Platt. Leetal's collection was called Suspend/Support. Her inspiration came from seeing suspension bridges, peeking through a foggy night. Isn't that wild!? The last photo in this post is an image from Leetal's collection. Immediately you'll see the connection - a damp foggy night, and through the moon's illumination, you spot a lone bridge in the distance. Can you picture it? Very clever, indeed.

When discussing the subject of inspiration, some believe it's set aside specifically for the creative types. I wonder if this is true. I do believe creative people are more open-minded, vulnerable, and in tune with themselves and their surroundings. Can't we all possess this quality? I believe so. The key to living an inspired life is knowing thyself. When you know yourself, you trust your instincts, or what some say...trusting your gut (that feeling from deep within). You'll no longer feel the need to mimic what others are doing because you'll feel confident in yourself. Click to Tweet ---> Knowing yourself allows you to paint a true picture of who you are in every part of your life. You're open to new ideas, and the world around you. When you have an idea or thought, you won't be afraid to act on it. You take pride in your new idea. You'll take ownership of it because it is entirely yours; which makes it even more special and unique. 


For today's look, I am inspired by my latest acquisition - a tassel beaded bucket bag, along with the Navajo influences in Southern California. Typically I live by the rule of wearing one statement piece at a time. However, with this look, I trusted my gut and went with two - my sandals and handbag - both beaded and both give a nod to the Native American culture. You'll see by pairing the two statement pieces with solid garments in complimenting tones, the outfit, though subtle in details, somehow manages to give a gentle punch of individuality. Also, notice how the shape of the bag mimics the shape of the skirt.

Outfit Details: Beaded Tassel Handbag (Sold Out. See the Antik Batik at Net-a-Porter); Nine West Vintage America Sandals (Check out the Vanessa Beaded Ankle Cuff Sandal at Nordstrom, or huge variety of beaded sandals on Shopstyle. Check out the Yates Tribal Beaded by Sam Edelman); Skirt: H&M (old); Off the Shoulder Tee: Ann Taylor Loft, Basic Sunglasses: Ann Taylor Loft    



 



 
FIDM Debut 2015: Leetal Platt Suspend/Support
Quite often I am inspired by accessories...the color, shape, era, the feeling I get when I see or touch it. Tell me friends, where do you get your fashion inspiration? Now that we're fully emerged in summer, I'm already thinking ahead to fall...the colors, shapes, the textures. I feel inspired. By the way, have you seen Nordstrom's Pre-Fall Picks? If you haven't, I have provided you with easy access by clicking the Nordstrom ad on my side-bar. Click to Tweet --->Where ever your inspiration comes from, trust your gut. Know you are representing you - which is the true meaning of style{wink}

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35 comments:

  1. I love your outfit. Simple sophistication and so very Glenda. So you've asked what inspires me. I am currently recovering from a long illness so comfort is a big deal right now. Even though I spend many days in my jammies, I still think about fashion just about every day. I really do. It lifts my spirits. So currently my fashion inspiration is 1970's bohemia. The 70's was a period in my life when I was very happy and free and traveling around the world. The fact that it's a bit on trend right now makes it all that much easier. Peasant blouses, baggy jeans, granny dresses, grandpa sweaters and of course because we live in California, sandals. Relaxed and flowing are key words. I'm making many of my clothes and spending quite a few PayPal dollars on vintage items from Etsy. Keep up the good work, Glenda.. You know I am a fan.

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    1. Hi Connie, I'm so sad to hear you have been fighting an illness, but I'm very happy that you are recovering from it. I agree with you - fashion does lift the spirits. I remember during phases of my life, when I was separated from the business of fashion, but my thoughts never left it. I knew in my heart of hearts I was meant to be in the industry.

      The 70s was an incredible era. The music, fashion, the spirit of life. Just a very cool time. My 17 year old son, who loves music, said he wished he lived in the 70s. He has such a mature soul. We are so fortunate to live in a state which captures the very essence of the bohemian lifestyle. It's no trend here...just a way of living.

      Take care my friend.

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  2. Oh, my gosh...that bag is to die for!
    Darlene

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    1. I stalked it for weeks until it finally became more affordable. Thanks Darlene!

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  3. I am also inspired by accessories...and paintings...and nature...and bloggers...and magazines...and fashion shows...and other women...so much inspiration around us! Have a great week, Glenda!

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    1. You Pam, are living an inspired life :)

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  4. You always give me so much to think about! I think I take inspiration for granted, but not after reading your post. I had to stop and think about what inspires me, and have concluded that for the most part, it is nature. Colors and sounds, weather patterns, all of it. I see flowers side by side and since there are no mistakes in nature, I see color combinations that work together. While I do consider myself to be a creative person, I think we can definitely all possess this quality by taking in what's going on around us, quieting our minds and just being aware. I love the simplicity of your skirt and top and how the bag and the sandals create the 'wow' aspect of your outfit! Great choice to wear those together!

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    1. Aw yes, the nature - the ultimate source of inspiration. One of my favorite places to visit is the Huntington Library, Museum and Botanical Gardens. Such a beautiful, inspiring place...surrounded by nature and art. It doesn't get any better than that. Or the coastline. The sound of the crashing waves or the gentle lapping of waves against the shoreline. These moments seem to quiet my mind the most. It is difficult to do, but once you're able to quiet the mind, as I'm sure you'll agree, is an incredible state of being.

      I don't think the outfit would have worked if the top and skirt were competing against the bag and shoes. I like the quiet WOW factor.

      Have a great week, Karen!

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  5. Oh what an inspiring post. Loved every word as well as your outfit. Both the bag and shoes are incredible statement pieces. I totally agree with you, being creative is knowing ourselves and being able to act and the inspirations we feel inside. I believe everyday we should be creating a life we enjoy!

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    1. Thank you so much, Trina!
      I love that thought - Everyday we should be creating a life we enjoy.
      I completely agree. It took me many years to realize the importance of that statement.

      Have a wonderful week!

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  6. I, too, get inspiration from my accessories! I have many an item that I think....oooh, I'll put those colors together! jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com
    ps...I have to admit to coveting your shoes! They are just marvelous!

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    1. :) Thanks Jodie! I found them on eBay, and believe me when I say...It was love at first sight. I adore these sandals. They instantly make an outfit come alive.

      Accessories are very inspiring, indeed. I've always loved them.

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  7. What a fabulous outfit! I love everything about it. That top is my fav, and the bag and shoes are so unique. Very well styled and put together.

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  8. Love the shoes and the bag, you look fab!
    Nora
    www.jacketsociety.com

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  9. great post Glenda! The bag is ah-mazing!!! as are the shoes, I am SO glad you wore them both. The outfit is special but relatively simple, so these two pieces create a lush look.
    Love the designer and that gown you featured, i can see the inspiration. Very organic, yet fanciful!
    XX, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com

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    1. Thank you Elle! Yes, that's exactly what I was trying to achieve. I think if the outfit was overly busy, it would have defeated the purpose of having the shoe and bag as the main attraction.

      Leetal Platt had amazing designs. After her collection, I just sat in my seat with my mouth hanging open. So very creative, indeed.

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  10. The tassel bag is so adorable and it goes perfectly well with your shoes. You are celebrating life in that outfit!

    The designer's source of inspiration is wild and I love it. Sometimes it takes a minute to find it but it is there.... if we just open our hearts to whati s around us.


    http://www.thefashionstirfry.com

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    1. I love that my outfit is celebrating life! Love your words :)

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  11. This is such an adorable outfit Glenda. I love the bag and sandals and how you've styled them. I also get inspiration from my accessories and from African art. Hope you had a lovely 4th of July. xo

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    1. Hi Elsie,
      Oh I can see tons of inspiration from African Art...the colors, the history, the fabrications. So much depth. The 4th was very nice, and thank you for asking.

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  12. You look lovely here my dear and I still love those shoes.

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    1. I still love them too, Neti :) Thanks!

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  13. Glenda, firstly let me say how wonderful you look in this outfit. Both the bag and shoes are wonderful and quite the statement pieces. A thought provoking article, I know I draw inspiration from so many different sources , architecture , art , nature and of course other women , particularly bold, older women that are willing to follow their own path with their creativity.

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    1. Jill, I saw the write-up Natalia did on your style. You didn't have to mention the Japanese influences - they are loud and clear in your chosen garments. Issey Miyaki - of course! Your fashion sense is incredible and completely YOU. If I were to try to mimic you, it would look completely false. You Rock!

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  14. Lovely pit together ensemble. I agree with you, the sandals and the (lovely) bag enhance one another rather than stealing each other's attention. Thanks for telling us the proces of putting it together. And pointing out that the shape of the bag mimics the shape of the skirt. I hadn't noticed that, but you are right. This post has been educational for me.
    Greetje

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    1. Thank you Greetje! I once heard from a fellow fashion insider that if you put several of the pieces together that you love, it will work. I followed her instructions, at first very apprehensively. I was happy and surprised that it worked. All the pieces in this outfit fall into the MY FAVORITES category.

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  15. Oh I love the way your shoes and purse talk to each other! Just beautiful... Thank you for inviting me to your post, dear Glenda - inspiration is one of my favorite topic. I'll take it beyond the fashion, all right? I pretty much do all things whenever I feel inspired to do them, when I feel the nudge (even housework). I always was this way as far as I can remember. As a kid, I asked my Mom to let me stay at home from time to time (skip school) - not because I was sick, but because I needed to stay by myself (I was a good student, and Mom did not mind). I need a lot of personal space and feeling connected with pretty much everything I do. A strict schedule kills it for me. I often don't know where the inspiration for a particular thing (a piece of writing, an outfit, a dish I'm cooking) is coming from - it's a combinations of things, something I was thinking about, reflecting, looking at, smelling, reading about... Sometimes, it is a particular thing or two, but more often than not it's a mix of many components. I never ever plan what I'm going to write in my posts, for instance. The images and something I reflected on lately sort of dictate the theme, and I just go with it. I rarely re-write my posts, my blog is a free form that flows. In fashion, I sometimes see an outfit that inspires me and try to recreate it, but it happens rarely. Mostly it's all about the particular moment, whatever came together this particular day.

    I agree with you about inspiration - absolutely anyone can experience it, we just need to really listen to ourselves, not the outer noise so much. I don't divide people in creative vs non-creative types as it's usually done. I think we all are creative by nature, and we express it more or less in different areas of our lives. You can do book-keeping creatively if that's what you love. That's how some people get ridiculously rich, for instance - making money is the exact thing that excites them, the process itself excites them - they don't look at it as something hard and difficult, they just have fun with it and so they feel free. I think we could all do it, ultimately... And opposite to that, you can be a too "thinky" writer or artist, push your brain instead of letting it relax and tap into your own creativity, your own inspiration - your soul, the core of things. Life itself is the ultimate creative act. You know how some people are perceived as lucky ones, like everything seems to come so easy to them? It's because they are relaxed and connected to the core more often than not. You are absolutely spot on - inspiration is from the depth of us, and the outer things, impressions only trigger our own inspiration. Inspiration, genius - it's all within. I can go on and on. :)))

    I answered your other question in my post - no, it wasn't planned, but it worked out beautifully, didn't it? :)

    Lots of love xxx

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    1. Ah Natalia, my kindred sister. Your response is so beautiful. I invited you to respond because you exude creativity in your fashion, your words, and in spirit. Would you mind if I share your response in a later post?

      It took me over 40 years to discover why it was hard for me to grasp hold to working 9 to 5. The strict schedules depleted me entirely. At the end of the day, I always felt drained and empty. Not until I re-entered the world of fashion, and writing, was I able to venture into a more deeper meaning of life. I am, by nature, a very sensitive and vulnerable creature. I embrace this way of living because it has allowed me to connect with myself on a much deeper level. Like you, I never plan out my posts. I feel that by doing so, it will block the creative flow. My inspiration for the posts come when I am taking pictures and feeling completely at ease in what I'm wearing. I have always been inspired by fashion and the way people present themselves in dress.

      Thank you again for your very poignant and inspiring words.

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    2. Thank you so much, Glenda, for such kind, warmhearted words! Yes, do share my comment - I don't mind at all, I'll be honored! I have just listened to the link you sent me, and it was wonderful! I will write to you more later. It took me 40 years to understand this about myself too. I wish it came earlier, but I actually it's sort of the point - self-learning, self-discovering, and it does take time. I knew when I was young that I would be a late bloomer. It feels fantastic to finally arrive to this point and be able to share it with a kindred spirit like you, Glenda! :) Hugs!

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  16. Glenda this is such such a chic and classy look, the sandals are awesome. Love how you pulled this look together. Fashionable.
    hugs
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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  17. Those two items are gorgeous statement pieces and I think they work well together.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

    Would love for you to stop by & join TBT Fashion link up.

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