Yesterday, I realized that my car had a flat tire. In order to get to the spare, I had to empty the trunk. This was no easy task since my trunk is filled with boxes of old design magazines, carpet samples, bags and bags of fabric swatches and lots of high heel shoes I thought were missing. Obviously, it is time to do some space clearing. However, instead of throwing away the boxes of old magazines, I found myself sitting on my dining room floor reading the design magazines and tearsheeting a picture of Oprah in a cantaloupe colored shirt, a page of cantaloupe melon balls..a room with canataloupe colored drapes. How could I throw these away? I need them for my inspiration boards.
Our inspiration board that hangs above our work table is the direction that we plan to head in design that year or season. When we had the shop, it always amazed us that clients would walk by the gorgeous sofa or Italian chandelier and instead walk directly over to our design boards. Inspiration boards are an outward expression of the heart of the designer.
Below, I have included a video by Ralph Lauren that speaks to the heart of a designer, Ralph Lauren: Portrait of A Collection. Nancy and I, along with our designer friend, Mary Rose, often describe design as both a blessing and a curse. It keep us up at night and well, as Nancy says, "Life gets in the way of design.". Sounds terrible, like an obsession but in fact it is. At times, the movie in my mind wears me out and fortunately more often than not, it is as Ralph Lauren describes in the video, "exhilarating".
Photo: Ralph Lauren Source: Esquire.com
Ralph Lauren: Portrait of A Collection
Photo: Nathan Copen for Ralph Lauren via http://www.trendland.net
You can press pause on the ipod at the bottom of the page to stop the music from playing during the video.
Photo: Designer, Kelly Wearstler
Photo: Phillip Lim's Inspiration Board for Fall 2010 via Vogue.com
Photo: Phillip Lim via http://www.shoewawa.com
Photo: Michael Kors Inspiration Board for Fall 2010 via Vogue.com
Photo: Michael Kors Fall 2010
Photo: Marchesa Inspiration Board Fall 2010 via Vogue.com
Photo: Marchesa Fall 2010 Source: http://www.fashionindie.com
Photos: Designer, Suzanne Kasler Source: Atlanta Homes
Photo: Our Design Board for 2010 Photo Credit: http://www.sherrellphoto.com
Photo: Bobbi Brown Inspiration Board Source: http://www.beautifullivingstyle.blogspot.com
Photo: Bobbi Brown via Elle
Photo: Barbara Barry's Inspiration Board Source: http://www.beautifullivingstyle.blogspot.com
Photo: Barbara Barry via Kravet's Inspired Styles
Photos: Daniela Kamiliotis,Costume Designer & Vice President of Ralph Lauren's Women's Collection Source: http://www.moodboard.typepad.com
Then, there is Chanel. Her life story is truly inspirational. It is especially fascinating that when Coco Chanel died at the age of 87, they found only three complete outfits in her closet. Next time you visit Paris, you must visit her apartment at 31 Rue Cambon.
Coco Chanel in her studio.
"There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time." - Coco Chanel
Photos: Coco Chanel via Google Images
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