Back to school has always been one of my favorite times of the year. I love clothes, I love fashion, I love to see women become radiant and stunning when they find that perfect top or dress that they have been longing for. Perhaps it's a bit shallow, but it is part of me, I have been sketching women in clothes since I was 8, sewing since I was 12, I had a brief fling with chemistry but ultimately knew I was meant to be a lady of the cloth and pursued a Fashion Degree from Pratt-graduating with honors and a year of internship experience under my fashionably wide belt. I spent the next 3 years slowly decaying from creative boredom in corporate fashion. I and I was stifled and stagnant, it was time for a change. I was at one of those crossroads where, as my Great-Uncle Jon told me “you just have to pick a path and stick with it.” So simple but so true. We can never know where one path versus another is going to take us. But it is so much better to move forward in either direction than continue standing indecisive until the end of time. So I chose an unknown path, one that I have more or less constructed myself along the way. Hopping from place to place growing where I could while trying to figure out what it was that I wanted. One of those decisions is terrifying and exciting. Those are my favorite kind of decisions, the ones where you let the universe guide you: a leaf on the wind.
Red rocks, green trees and blue skies as far as the eye can see. A dainty white puff of a cloud passes by and is joined by a sporadic cast of similar characters, a soft lilac light starts to shimmer on the horizon, it is daybreak and you feel renewed. It is serene and beautiful; it is reviving and alive-thriving. When we let the beauty of the world overtake us it stirs the spirit and inspires us: awakening the creative spirit to make something.
The beauty of nature is an awe-inspiring portrait. It is what drives me, it is where I look for inspiration and relief. Sometimes the problems of humanity seem so grave that I forget what I am trying to protect, which is humanity itself. If we do not take care of our home, and our neighbors we are doomed as a species and have set a terrible example for our children and grandchildren. Perhaps that seems a bit deep for a fashion blog but that is the perspective you can achieve when you look at the grander scale that is universal time. We as humans have only existed for a blink of an eye in the cosmological sense, and in that blink of an eye civilizations of man have already been destroyed and forgotten, meanwhile humans cause the same destruction on the world they inhabit, causing irreparable damage to our environment and the other living creatures that inhabit it. If we are to sustain as a species, as a human civilization we need to live and work in a sustainable way. If we want mother Earth to protect us from extreme weather events that happen more and more frequently we need to make a change in the way we think. We need a re-education, so let’s go back to school. Starting with redifining style. Let’s rewrite the rules of fashion.