There is never enough time! I have my first show of the year next Friday, and the next day my buddy Marcia and I are off to west Texas to show our Spring designs to a boutique owner who has purchased from us in the past.
I'm told to do chunky. I really don't do chunky. I don't wear chunky and most things I sell direct to the public are not chunky ... chunky is usually left behind on the busts. But I know there are lots of folks out there who like and wear chunky.
Thus the dilemma ... how does a designer balance his/her own sensibilities to those of the buyer/public? I often said in the past that I don't allow others to dictate my art, but then, I also want to make sales! I suppose this is just one of those things one lets intuition have the sway in the internal argument. There's a balance to all things. One just has to find it!
So I was perusing a fashion rag that had a snap shot of the runway shows held last September for the '08 Spring ready-to-wear season. Lots of neutrals, black & white, sprinkled with outrageously fun florals, metallic pastels, shears of both muted and wild colors, and some lovely retro.
I have found http://www.elle.com/ to be an invaluable tool. There's a toolbar taking you to the various seasons with all the collections. Takes hours and hours to get through them all!
When I sat at my work bench the other day, I pulled together items that could translate to chunky. Getting some inspiration from part of the collections from Oscar de la Renta and Diane Von Furstenberg, I hope I've captured some seriously stylish chunky!
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