I get all the fashion magazines: Bazar, Elle, Vogue, Town & Country, In Style, W. Sometimes I even buy Vanity Fair, More, Glamour, In Styles’ special issues and various gossip rags. I’m always hungry for sewing inspiration! (Yes, I still find a little time to read books.)
I have a magazine routine–the first time through, I read the articles that interest me and look at the pictures. I tear out the designs I like and file them in my fashion folder. I go back to the magazine later in the season when I need some motivation and it’s surprising how many things I like that I didn’t notice the first time around. Sometimes it takes my eye a little while to adjust to new fabrics, colors and silhouettes. At the end of the season I put the magazines away for a year.
The following year I go through the magazines one more time and I still find inspiration that didn’t make an impression on me the previous year. Sometimes it’s because I’ve seen women on the street who successfully adopted a new trend. Sometimes I get used to the idea of a trend, i.e. skinny pants, and see that it’s going to stick around for a while. Sometimes what seemed crazy at first all of a sudden looks perfectly perfect.
Here is some sewing inspiration that comes from Fall 2007. I think you’ll agree, it looks current and good enough to duplicate.
This Ella Moss dress is a great season spanner–wear it with a pretty scarf at the neck now and with leggings and a jacket later.
I like to have a couple of nice blouses to pair with jeans for a casual night out or silk or velvet pants when I want to dress up a little. The blue blouse is from Diane von Furstenberg’s 2007 RTW collection, I don’t know the designer of the silver blouse. photo from saks.com