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I had a semi argument with a good friend the other day about inspiration – or in my opinion, my lack thereof. He was telling me that every idea or style or basically anything you can imagine is inspired by something or someone you’ve seen before; and I was arguing back that I come up with everything for myself by myself – i.e. pure original thought. Obviously, I was wrong.
That conversation inspired me to have a good think about the things that I’ve been inspired by – especially in regards to clothing. And I realised that I’ve been inspired by plenty of things and thus my argument was futile.
On my thought journey, I kept coming back to a few things, and the above photograph was one of them. I remember looking at that photo the day it came out (3 February, 2009), having just arrived back from Paris and European winter, and thinking, ‘this is exactly how I’d like to dress… if only it wasn’t 30 bloody degrees outside’. The glasses, sailor duffle coat, the blue blazer with gold buttons, fair isle crew neck sweater, light blue oxford shirt, cropped and cuffed pants, no socks.
But the outfit’s not the point. The point is, everybody is inspired by something. Even Yves Saint Laurent was inspired by the students on the streets or the painters he loved. So don’t be so arrogant to think that everything you come up with is your own, and don’t be afraid to take inspiration from others – so long as you make it your own.
My new flatmate Natalie just emailed me the above quote from Jim Jarmusch. That just about sums it up.
I LIKE YOU!