This list is by no means complete, but I’ve started a Pinterest for Fashion Inspirations that at least starts to peck away at those folks who’ve
piqued my interest in the glamour arts. I will continue to update there (and feel free to add your own!)
Balki from Perfect Strangers is a key player. Especially in regards to vests, which have become my goto accessory.
Early on in my career I was highly influenced by the fashion work of Rodney Dangerfield, particularly in his ‘Caddy Shack’ era. While I find a lot of his artistry a little dated for the modern era, I still feel his bold textiles and matching attitude had a definite impact on my own work.
Hollywood from ‘Mannequin’. His glasses blew my mind.
Seriously, who cares about Angela (or HER PARENTS FOR THAT MATTER. UG, BORING) It was always all about Ricky and Rayanne!
Muammar Gaddafi, late ruler of Libya.
And of course, THE GOLDEN GIRLS
But as I stand back and look at all these folks, dressed to the nines – it’s so clear to see pop culture seeping into all of my pores. Is it really all about these 80’s/90’s icons, or is there a more organic root to my style guide?
When I really sit with it for a minute, the purest inspiration actually comes from those who have grown up around me. And none is more powerful of a figure than my very own younger sister, who has always been a fabulously wild dresser and (particularly back in the day) was able to accomplish massive fashion feats without flinching.
In one of the most amazing displays of bravado, we have this 6th grade look – minimalist, yes – but powerful and contemplative, like a haiku. Still powerful after all these years.