I remember when I was young hearing my grandfather tell me how things “were” when he was a boy and how different the world had become.
I also remember thinking how old he seemed and how the world, as it felt to me, was actually pretty great, and how I did not really understand why he was telling me this.
Now it is my turn to talk about how the world once was, but my hope is to inspire and not seem cynical.
The world has become homogenized.
Fashion, individual style, daring creativity is a rarity these days and it makes me sad. Only on a rare occasion does a celebrity, yes those same
ladies who adorn the covers of “Voque”, “Bazaar”, “In Style”…, step foot into a shop and pick out the clothes and accessories that will create her own individual style. Did Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelley, Greta Garbo or Katherine Hepburn have their “Celebrity Stylists” to
dress them and create their look. I don’t think so.
Back in the early 70′s, when I was twenty, there was color and flair, style and sophistication and individuality around every corner.
If you were lucky enough to be in New York, Paris, Rome and London, as I was, people had so much individual style and originality that one was easily inspired. It was a wonderful challenge to put together a look that would be fresh and different and make heads turn…
There were always the great flea markets in Paris and London and the fabulous vintage shops in New York to explore. There was Penelope Tree
and Marisa Berenson and Georgio St’Angelo and Stephen Burrows. There was Gerry Stutz and Henri Bendel, Fiorucci and Berry Berenson and BiGi….
However, the big difference was that when you were in New York City, you could go shopping on Madison Avenue and find unique pieces and then to Bendel’s and Bergdorf’s and find even
more amazing things.
Then you could go downtown, to the Village and discover completely new looks and then on to Soho . The people on the streets, on the train, in the clubs, they all looked fantastic and unique. There was
an explosion of colors, textures and fantasy.
The same was true for all the great cities, London, Paris, Rome. There were always the special little hidden secrets, the treasures of shops, where you would go to find things that were not to be found anywhere else. Even Los Angeles and San Francisco had their special places.
Now, each of these magnificent cities, each neighborhood, each arrondisement, harbors the same names and brands that were exclusive or elusive. Which city does not have at least four Polo stores,
three Prada stores, two Marc Jacobs stores, Louis Vuiton, Gucci and on and on and on. And then you have, of course, the Gap, H&M, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie et al… I believe this is one of the principal reasons there so little individual style out there today. Fashion has become Fast Food. “Voque” and the likes have become “People” and “Us”.
I believe that what I do, with Clothespin, is in my own way, an attempt to bring back that individual and creative sensibility to dressing while remaining organic.
Each piece I design is unique and one of a kind. My clients can also create their own vision through the custom design that I offer.
I am really not trying to toot my own horn here. I am simply asking the world to inspire a bit more.