Gen Y: Inspiring Design

12 09 2009

Fashion Week Tents!Fashion Week Tents!

As Mercedes Benz Fashion Week kicks into full gear, new trends for Spring 2010 are emerging. The runways have been exploding with mini dresses, skin-hugging skirts, and rainbows of color. Also popular for next season are patch-worked fabrics, pleats, and slinky sheaths.

As each day this week is packed with show after show, the fashion savvy have their hands full and their heels on. While new designers are bursting onto the scene, old favorites are still holding their own.

They've Got Their Heels On

They've Got Their Heels On

But one question we have to consider is, where does the inspiration for new fashion lines come from?

Well, for one thing, we cannot forget to mention GEN Y!

Gen Y is in the know. Advances in technology and increasingly open access to media have enabled this generation to experience a constant stream of information. It pumps into their veins like an IV, providing a sense of livelihood, which than casts a serious influence on those around them!


In a September 11th article featured in the Wall Street Journal entitled, “Fashion’s Secret Helpers,” we can see first hand that Gen Y is playing a large role in the realm of fashion design…

“Fashion houses stretch their search for inspiration from a teen in Texas to a blogger in the Phillippines. Rodarte finds a muse in a Chicago suburb.”

Now more than ever, fashion designers are looking outside of the box in order to generate new trends and unique creations.

“Some designers say they like having sources of inspiration who are outside the group mentality that can emerge from New York or Hollywood where editors, stylists, and retailers co-mingle.”

How awesome is that?!?!

So, the next time you are looking at pictures from a recent runway show, or maybe even sitting front row (if you are lucky), if you find yourself thinking, “wow thats really cool,” don’t forget to acknowledge the fact that a 20something-year old next to you may have been the guiding light, fueling that design’s creativity!

Check out the WSJ article here New York Fashion Week: Fashion’s Secret Helpers –