My friend and designer, Tara St. James, of the label Study, recently introduced me to this very interesting place on the internet called, Not Just a Label.
NOT JUST A LABEL ("NJAL") is the leading global business directory for showcasing avant-garde fashion designers of today, nurturing the upcoming talents of tomorrow. It provides an outlet for talent to blossom; a place where visionaries meet collaborators dedicated to the creative spirit of fashion. The platform targets graduates and avant-garde fashion designers, providing a stage where collections are showcased online. Numerous designers have already been discovered by international press and recruited by renowned retailers and prestigious fashion houses via the NJAL website.On this site, I found a great little article titled, Fashion_For_Losers which addresses two of my favorite things right now.
"Fashion finds its freedom in the art of individuals; NOT JUST A LABEL is a place for those who find their way off the beaten track, allowing them to express themselves in a community where everything goes...break the mould, redefine the expected, re-colour the palette, inspire and be inspired.”
1) Less (I would argue) is more and especially when it come to curating your own collection (aka closet) and creating/building an accurate aesthetic identity.
2) Umair and the Edge Economy Community (featured in two of my previous posts, We Broke up and The Awesomeness Manifesto)