I have a secret! Even though I spend most of my time in dirty shorts, I really love fashion. I love to dress up, I love to photograph clothing and I adore runway shows! Its partially nostalgia for my dressup box and partially aesthetic interest but fashion shows are fabulous inspiration! Its not that I want to perfectly emulate a particular designer (or rush out to buy their overpriced clothing). I've spent years combing thrift stores and garage sales for a whole palate of colours and selection of silhouettes, so I watch a whole variety of shows from Europe to right here in Toronto and then use the themes I see to decide what section of my extensive wardrobe will be featured, what I'll box up in storage and what's given away.
I'm not a huge fan of summer so I start looking towards fall clothing very early and this year is one of my favourite seasons in a long time! Although some designers are still stuck on the pretentious boxy, 80s, garish hipster nonsense, most are starting towards a gorgeous trend of returning to organic forms. And I don't mean pale green, eco-washed organics but what I think of as being more base elements: leather, fur, rawhide... the colours oxblood, pansy and buff... and a womanly 50s hourglass silhouette with wide hips and a bustline. Real shaped women! Some other trends I saw across many runways were: mixed prints (patchword, paisley, plaid) and textures (velvet, knitwork); wider pants, belted coats, shorts and capes/ponchos; gold accessories and ruffles on just about everything. This basically sounds like someone describing my wardrobe so I figured I'd put together as many looks from my own closet as I could using this season's trends!
One of my favourite runway shows this year, that I could see myself wearing every piece: