WHITE AND ITS MANY INTERPREPTATIONS IN FASHION

In this next blog, I want to talk with you about the symbolism and significance of colors. I’m going to start with my favorite color of all, one loaded with meaning: white.

 

We all know that white is pure. White is joy. Freshness. Well-being. In many different cultures and countries, white has a special purpose, but its general symbolism is lightness. White has a purpose in parts of everyday life, even those you would overlook. For example, it is useful in product advertising and marketing because when used as a background, it provides the best view of the product. In medicine, there is a reason we see doctors and surgeons in white lab coats: it makes them recognizable for their skills and expertise and invokes a sense of cleanliness.

 

When looking at fashion, white can translate into an eternity of interpretations. There are endless associations, all of them symbolic and cultural. One might think of white as being an aristocratic color. It instills wealth and high sophistication. White also signifies innocence, and the most obvious case of this is wedding gowns. In many cultures, a white dress is worn on the day of the wedding to signify purity, although I am personally a supporter of the alternative. White implies the opportunity for new beginnings – across the color wheel, white always appears first. It is a fresh start and the chance for something spotless and immaculate.

 

Another interpretation of white is progress. For this reason, I always advise at least one piece of clothing in white, especially if we are about to make new decisions and in times where we need to keep our energy up and remain focused. It is great for lifting moods and for energy. Along similar lines, one of the more interesting traits to white is that it negates fatigue and lack of stamina. We all have those days when energy is at a minimum, when tiredness is visible on our face, and yet we still have so much to do and overcome. On these days, I suggest an overall white look with very simple and minimalist makeup. How you feel surrounded and clothed by white will bring you lightness and rejuvenation. You will find yourself armed against our greatest daily enemy: tiredness.

 

White inspires courage and confidence, and that most of all, we should trust ourselves. White opens us up to new aspirations and goals. However, due to its neutrality, I think that white should always be combined with another color, which will not only add an appealing contrast, but will also make it more stylish. For tips on what to pair white with, recall minimalism. A popular trend today, it most often implies that in addition to black, you should introduce a neutral white.

 

In terms of fashion, white is mostly worn during the summer, although in my opinion, it should be desired in winter as well and not confined to just one season. It is true that it is not the most efficient of colors because it “gets dirty” quickly, but this is one of the questions I often think about, which is, would it not be just as dirty if on black? But because white reveals all, I think of it as representing Truth when I consider this dilemma of color theory. Of course, this does not mean that if we wear black, that there is no ‘truth’ to it in symbolic terms, but black definitely has more mysticism, mystery, and a starkly different symbolism interwoven. You see here that all colors have their own implications and interpretations.

 

As you know from reading my blogs, I am a firm believer that our personality and inner state are always connected to the external behaviors that we demonstrate. With this in mind, I suggest that you look at the changes that are happening to you and around you that you may not be entirely aware of. Take a closer look and ask how these changes correlate with your current state or frame of mind and then your colors and clothing. We bring our mood with us wherever we go, and the symbolism of colors is always there to describe us a little to those we meet.

 

While researching colors and their healing effect on us, I was reminded many times of non-verbal communication, because how we feel on the inside expresses itself not just through clothing, but also through colors. It might not happen on all days, but you should find comfort by allowing some white in on those days that you feel you need a boost. White will definitely bring you that.

 

I will admit that this color sometimes requires courage to wear, but my attitude towards fashion is that sometimes we find ourselves wanting a break from the already established trends. It is important to try something new because maybe you are ready for change without really knowing. And that’s why I suggest beginning your journey and growth with White.

 


Aesthetic

What is aesthetics?How does aesthetics determine us? Who are esthetes?These are just a few of the questions I have asked myself countless times through the years.

Aestheticsis of Greek origin, and it means to be observable or sensitive, as they are interpreted from the philosopher Immanuel Kant’s translation. In the science of art, aestheticssignifies the beautiful or pleasing.

In philosophy, aesthetics is defined as a special form of human creation. It is aspecific branch of philosophy that examines and appreciates everything that is beautiful and valuable in addition to the essence of an artwork.In the visual arts, as well as in other disciplines, wherever the senses are involved, aesthetics play a role. It might be the color, the shape, the content, the movement, the sound… but one thing is for sure, it always stems from our inherent tastes and instincts.

Everyone is inclined towards the aestheticbecause of our senses. Some people might have a stronger sense for it than others, but it is within us all and will cause an attraction towards some things and a repellence from others. What is most important and perhaps most interesting is that we all have a different set of aesthetics from one another. This diversity makes us all individual; what some people are drawn to, others cannot stand.If you take anything away from my words, please remember the importance of being who you are and accepting your tastes and style, both inside and out, as part of you.

First of all, let’s discuss the importance of our inner aesthetics. In order for something to be considered a work of art – and everything can be considered as art with the right perspective – we need to possess a certain set of senses that recognizes it as so. When it comes to aesthetics, our inner voice will lead us to developing and following our own sense of style. What you find beautiful is just one of many examples.This is why I believe it is so important to follow your instincts, because that is what determines so many of our actions and decisions.

External or material aesthetics vary as well and often reflect how we feel internally. I can easily remember my first fashion collection and envision my inner state and needs at that time. The natural flow from my thoughts and emotions to the physical garment is “cleansing,” and this process can be noticed in each of my collections that followed. Of course, there were “wanderings” and searches, and the two – the internal and external – did not always align.If I wanted to make some experiments, I did.

I often like to see someone’s work, or feel their energy, if it can tell me more about the creator’s personal aesthetic more than their words might say. Sometimes, my own set of aesthetics will not match, but that is completely natural. Afterall, we are not all the same.

As someone whose aesthetics are very important to them, but also particular and specific to whom I am, I know why it is so important for us to develop this along our own journeys. No matter what,you will find that your set of aesthetics will pull you in one way or another.

The relationship between art and aesthetics is very close and sometimes hard to distinguish, but their importance is great if we learn how to create something new and express ourselves through it.

 


FASHION (NON)SENSE

Every human being is naturally drown to create, make something new, get inspired, get recognized by something. To me, all of those shapes and forms of new ideas are ART. It’s just a matter of nourishing them and making them better every single day or passing by them like they are common flower on the side of the road. The sense about life attracts every other form of sense, hence the fashion (non)sense.

 

For a fashion designer, two things are very important to me: fashion events and new trends. The changes that are new, the trends that are fresh, the style that is coming, all those things are important pieces of a creation and visualization. Every fashion designer is trying to be unique and authentic.

He/she has its own vision and it is not attracted to transience. That’s why every recognizable brand in the world became “famous” by its own pattern or mark, and by even mentioning their name, we can clearly remember their “stamp” in the fashion world. They are creating THEIR fashion. Every brand creates their own fashion. However, why do we see so many copies then? Is it a business decision or lack of ideas? What is more important – being creative and unique or being business-savy?

Having fashion sense is not a question of a luxury anymore. It is a our way of “silent” communicating with others, it is us sending message to the world about who we are and what we represent. Some people will notice and salute our way of styling, some will just make a comment, but for sure, it will not go unnoticed – if we have something to “say”. That’s why, I think, it is very important to be unique, to express our selves through fashion, to have our own ideas.!

For me, my greatest inspiration is traveling. To be able to see different cultures, experience their way of life for a day or two, their architecture, their colors, people… All of that fascinated me always. The crucial thing was the energy of the city and people in it. It gave me immeasurable ideas that I’ve always succeeded to deliver to the paper. Those were travel blogs, crazy schetches, even more crazy creations, but those moments are indescribable and never-forgetful! Those are the moments to life for! Forget about staying in the game, what’s important is to meet other people, get passionate about something and CREATE! The traveling is what connect us, what inspire us, what make us think broader, think different and be – different. The air and the spirit of another city is unparalleled comparison to any other form of inspiration, in my opinion.

To be more self-aware of another form of sense and another form of creation takes very little and gives a lot, especially if we can lift each other on a higher levels. It is true that everything changes, but creation is endless. Go out there, get passionate and be creative. The results can not miss!

 

Photo by Nikola Bradonjic

 


STYLE AS A WAY OF YOUR OWN EXPRESSION

For a fashion style we can say that it is not the most important thing in our lives, but the way we dress often sends a message to others. The first impression we leave on someone, it can often be through our style. There is also our behavior, but for a long time I paid attention just to the connection between these two things. In fact, depending on what you wear, it seems that such an energy we emit and send through our behavior, attitude, communication. What we hear most often is that good style comes with a lot of money, but it is far from the truth.
When I’m working on my collections, I often have a vision of a woman I’m trying to create for. Although collections are different, they are still related by the same thread that connects them all. Good style is all that is related to us, what is in us, and that is our charisma, energy, above all, life awareness, and fashion. Often woman might not be noticed just by what she’s wearing, but much more by her aura and charisma.
Lifestyle, the music we listen to, places we go to, it all affects how we dress and what we like to wear. Based on that how we dress, not just for making premature conclusions, one can imagine what kind of life we live. What is particularly interesting is connection between interior design and us. I had the opportunitys to see the different living spaces of different clients, and just by looking around I could conclude what is that person’s occupation, witch are the colors he/she likes, and what is their fashion style.
Good style doesn’t always mean using expensive stuff. Perfect styling often can be achieved with small details, accessories, and the way they are incorporated. There is also the makeup. With good makeup and appropriate jewelery we can highlight very simple dress .
On the fashion scene, we see a well-styled shows, from beginning to the end. It’s a well told story and concept made by designer or stylist. It is necessary to think about every detail, but it is crucial to find the right measure, because if you overdo it, it can create completely opposite effect on the audience.
Fashion and art should not be separated. From the perspective of the designer, inspiration is the most important thing. Whether it is in the detail, in a person or in a object, it drives us to create something new and innovative. Then starts the game that has no limits.

 

photo by Danilo Novovic