Today I thought rather than answer a Friday style question, I'd write about something I've written about before. In some ways it's an eternal question. I started thinking about it a few days ago when I received a trend report talking about how turquoise is going to be all the rage in 2011. Sigh.
I read a massive amount of information related to style, politics, and health, but in the end, I try to let it all go. The most important lesson I've learned as a designer is to trust my intuition. This is not to say trends are not important. They play a huge part in fashion. Style icon Isabella Blow was in some ways a slave to emerging trend, but that was her thing and she did it her own way. Putting your own spin on things as only you can, is to me, the key to having style.
There are many things about fashion "classics" that are like nails on a chalkboard to me, but having a working knowledge of classic style is one of the most important skills a designer, stylist, and well-dressed man/woman can have. It's like knowing the scales before you move into opera or punk. Understand what's happening in fashion, understand what works on your body and then make it your own.
I think it's interesting that as an audience consumed with what stars wear on the red-carpet, we love it when someone surprises us--when a buttoned-up political candidate dresses with a bit of sexiness or a sleazy rock'n roller cleans up and goes for classic Hollywood glamour. It speaks to the truth that we all have more than one side we show the world. My food for thought today is: the one who truly knows best about your inner fashion god/goddess is you.