Inspiration: I've always loved clothes, style, home decor, art, photography, books, stories . . . anything visual and all things imaginative. Which is what makes fashion week such a wonderful time for me. New York is home to millions of creative people but during this particular week, those who make art by curating what they wear each day gather en masse to display their talents. And it's exhilarating. As I stand around Lincoln Center taking photographs, I am literally high with delight. Ahhh . . . but then I catch a glimpse of myself in the windows and suddenly I feel quite pedestrian and "safe" in comparison to the people I am photographing. Which makes me wonder: how the "clothing artists" and "curators of attire" do it? How did she (the girl in the photo) make that look work? When she looked at that skirt in the store, how did she envision it fitting into her wardrobe? Did she know that the red bag would punctuate that blue and green skirt perfectly? I am not sure I would have visualized that at all.
I tried to amp it up a bit when I went out there to take photographs, but at the end of the day, I am who I am . . . and that is someone who loves dark, understated, and largely architectural clothing (mostly Jil Sander and Narciso Rodriguez and lots of dresses) with occasional pops of color (as evidenced by some playful hats and a few Dries and Etro dresses). But always paired with unusual bags, shoes and boots (which is probably why so many fashion week photographers asked me if they could take pictures of my boots each day and not once wanted to photograph my dark coats and dresses). I want that pink suit . . . but if I bought it, it would most likely decorate my closet rather than my body. And you know what, color rules during fashion week.
So, long story short . . . I've found my place during these weeks dedicated to style. And it is definitely not to wear the most killer outfit in my closet hoping to be photographed (it's black anyway). Rather, it is to appreciate (and photograph) the artists wearing their art. And to remain utterly fascinated by the blogger/photographers who run around taking brilliant pictures while wearing 5 inch heels -- which is an art in and of itself.
P.S. For a black and white portrait of her, check out The Photodiarist.