I think the most common misconceptions about the fashion industry arise from the styles seen on the runway. Anyone who has vocalized their interest in fashion has been bombarded with questions such as “Why is designer clothing so crazy?” “How would anyone wear that off the runway?” “Where would you even wear something like that?”
In all fairness, these questions are not unwarranted. Season after season, designers churn out eccentric, avant-garde fashions. While some designers stick to classic silhouettes and styles, a majority prefer to go against the grain. Of course a handful of these outlandish outfits are, in fact, too wild to wear off the runway. But that’s the point. Designers are visionaries and artists. They fabricate ensembles that are meant to inspire trends. The outfits seen on the runway are merely a starting point from which to draw inspiration and infuse your personal style.
Thakoon, a Thai designer, has been a long time favorite of mine. I drew inspiration from the textures, patterns and colors of his spring 2016 ready-to-wear collection for my ensemble. I was particularly drawn to this collection because of the clean lines and feminine silhouettes evoked in each outfit. This white dress, made of 100 percent recycled denim, is reminiscent of the structured, yet breezy pieces from Thakoon’s collection. I have recently become quite the shoe collector and the lace-up styles featured in this show were the crowning glory in my eyes. This combination of a structured T-shirt dress and pair of lace-up sandals has been my go-to summer look. To tie my outfit together (pun intended) I decided to embrace another summer trend that fashionista’s have been donning from the runways to the streets; a neck scarf! These scarves were popular in the ’50s and ’60s; I snagged this one in particular from my grandmother’s closet. The blue paisley pattern echoes the color scheme seen in the Thakoon spring collection. Even though I often sport all-black outfits (regardless of season or heat index) this white and blue color scheme has become another summer staple in my wardrobe.