"Fashion fades, only style remains the same."
- Coco Chanel
Before designers create their new collection for the upcoming season, most put together what is called a mood board. As you can probably tell, a mood board is a compilation of the designer's dreams and images for the new collection. It's what inspires them to create. The inspirations can range from images of people, places, things, and eras. It's no secret that fashion goes through cycles that repeats itself. Ever so often we see looks coming down the runway that are 1920s, 50s, 60s, and even 80s inspired. I remember a couple of seasons ago when the 90s was making a comeback with the combination of denim, lots of florals, and shoulder pads.
So how can you translate a designers mood board into your own that will be useful to you? Create what stylists, fashionistas, and fashion enthusiasts alike call an inspiration board. An inspiration board, like a mood board, is a compilation of everything that inspires you as individual. It's main purpose is to hone in your personal style and pin point your tastes in fashion. As with the quote above, Coco Chanel once said that personal style is much more important than current trends in fashion. The season's trends come and go but your personal style is what defines you as an individual forever.
So how can you translate your inspiration board into something useful? Well first of all, when you begin to put together your inspiration board there are certain rules you must follow.. Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power, the founders and editors of the popular fashion blog, WHO WHAT WEAR, have these three suggestions for an inspiration from their book WHO WHAT WHERE: Celebrity and Runway Style for Real Life --
- Nothing is off limits -- inspiration can come from anything, be it fabric swatches, photos, magazine tears, or even personal mementos.
- Follow your instinct -- pick things that spark an immediate reaction even if it is a color combination, pattern, or even something as ordinary as an image that you see in the streets just because you like the way it looks.
- Embrace fantasy -- pretty self explanatory. just don't overanalyze what it is that you're selecting and putting on your board.
So with this gigantic collage and glob of mess,
Now that we've answered the question of what, it's time to talk about
Finally, I would like to add one more final rule to assembling your very own inspiration board which is EDIT, EDIT, EDIT! You can definitely have more than one inspiration board, but for those of you who would like to stick to just one, the beauty of having an inspiration board is that just as seasons change, so do some inspiration(s). After having edited your board several times over, you will see that there are some images on there that will always stay and these are the images/pieces that are timeless and which remains consistent to our personal style. For example, my board will always have florals, tiered dresses, bows, and Chanel. Those are the accents, patterns, and pieces that I always seem to come back to which can be defined as a signature.