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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Inspirations: Travel in Fashion

“For me traveling and living are the same. How you travel is a symbol of your life”. – Diane Von Furstenberg

The world's sights, landmarks, and cultures of places near and far are an eternal inspiration for what we see on the fashion runway and in retail. There is so much more of the world I would love to see, but the few places I have been to outside of the U.S., Paris and Vienna, and lived in New York, Miami, and D.C., have each had its own flavor and inspired a unique way of dressing. Inspirations derived from various locations and cultures are regularly seen on the runway. The designs aren’t simply a nod to the climate of a place or a matter of function when visiting there but instead reference an energy that is expressed in the clothes. Travel is so strong of an inspiration that some designers have based their entire brand on the ideals of seeing and experiencing the unfamiliar.


Emilio Pucci is a brand who's success can be attributed to designs that appeal to those who travel regularly and seek designs that reflect the spontaneity, fun, and adventure that comes with jet setting across the globe. Pucci came to be this type of brand first because of the location in which he opened his first store in 1949 in Capri, Italy. A small island off of the Amalfi Coast, Capri has been a destination spot for royalty, artists, and celebrities for centuries and is still a popular haven for those who can afford the luxury of vacationing there. The idyllic views, slow paced culture, and skilled footwear and apparel artisans are what make Capri special. It is for these reasons that Pucci positioned his brand to be at the center of the luxurious travel destination that is Capri. Also, during the late 40’s and 50’s many couture designers had (while still very beautiful) very structured designs and Pucci’s mode of design was the complete opposite. He created dresses that were made from light silks and chiffons and in bright prints and colors offering ease to holiday and travel dressing that didn't exist in the luxury market at the time. What I love about Pucci is the designs exude the same energy and excitement that you get when you're about to go on vacation or traveling somewhere new.

“Travel is the ultimate inspiration.”- Michael Kors

Michael Kors is another designer that has built a business on the idea of traveling as a luxury experience. Kors started his brand in 1981 as an all-American sportswear designer which he is still known as today, but in the Spring of 2004 he rebranded his ad campaigns and collections to focus on exotic travel destinations and the most luxurious ways to get there. From showing models on private jet runways and yachts to Hollywood and villas in Europe Michael Kors shows through his campaign images that the best of fashion is made for adventure and fun experienced away from the norms of every day life. In 2011, Kors dedicated an entire website platform, Destination Kors, to travel hoping to inspire shoppers and fans to travel to new places and provide a glimpse into the places around the world that provide inspiration for his collections. When you see a Michael Kors ad the women are always on-the-go they aren’t stagnant in the photos. I love this because even when you travel you have to make an effort to explore and try new things in order to get the most out of the experience.
St. Germain-en-Laye, photographed by The Style Weaver
“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life.”-Thomas Jefferson

When I went to Paris for the second time in 2013, I made it my mission to go to places off the beaten path such as the town St. Germain en Laye, which is on the outskirts of Paris. It’s there where I discovered a small jewelry shop that was making customized charms and necklaces, and I picked up my favorite accessory that I wear every day; my “Maybe Tomorrow” necklace. I love that I found it in a new place that I discovered because it was one of the moments in life where you get to know yourself and in that moment I did something just for me and it’s a memory I won't forget.  Also, the message of the necklace has served as a reminder to not be afraid of new challenges or having to overcome obstacles because there is always the hope and excitement of what tomorrow can bring.

Would love to know what are some of your favorite places that you have visited or would love to visit in the future, share in the comment section below!

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