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.

 


Lifestyle Meets Dress Code

How much does our style effect our lifestyle? How much does lifestyle effect out style? I have long wondered what the factors are that affect our style and sense of dress. What are the components that make an outfit work as everything comes together?

From my own experience, i know that there can be many factors that all have and influence: Our jobs or careers, the type of society that surrounds us, the current and latest trends, the type of place we livein, personal tastes.. and so much more! I always pay special attention to the last one, whis is our unique taste. As strange as it may sound, this has something to do with our external expression. Very often these are the preferences or inclinations that are imposed upon us by media, by others, or by the our culturethat we accept as part of ourself, even though we may not see ourselfs reflected in it, Still, because of how ingrained they are in us, it can be difficult to notice.

Think about the many choices you make during the day when it comes to your clothes. How many of them are based off of what you want versus what society tells you? For example, you likely wouldnt wear dramatic, smokey makeup to just another day at the office- unless you have a glamourous job, thats it!. Just as you wouldent go bare face in jeans and a t-shirt to a special event. These are all inherent style trends we learn from our society that we barely even realize.

Furthermore, out “style” or outfit choice is not just what you might wear for this ot that occasion. Our style of dressis our expression of our inner state. It is a very subconscious way of describing ourself and communicating with our external enviroment how we feel inside. Style really does entail everything, but most of all, it includes our behavior.

Since i startedin fashion, i have been increasingly seeing and “reading” tge different ways people express themselfs outside of verbal communication. all of this comes down to aethetics, beginning with how we feel internally, and then how we express it externally. The way we see interpret colors, shapes, and everything that surrounds us affects our own style. Whatever one feels inside, they will display it in some manner on the outside.

Another imortant factor that influences our style is what others think. In my opinion, if you are swayed by this, it is one of the biggest mistakes you can make, and it show your lack of confidence in yourself. If you notice that you are more concerned by how others perceive you then by how you feel about yourself, this way of thinking can be destructive. You should always focus more on your image of yourself , becouse, trast me, people will sense when you begin putting too much though into how they think of you. Yet your confidence will always shine from within.

A good sense of style doesnt not require large sums of money, and it shoulent bring much demage to your wallet. All it takes is getting out of the box and your comfort zone to live without being concerned what anyone else thinks of you. Your style is your own brand. Be stylish and be yourself.


NEW YORK INSPIRATION

I don’t think I am the only one who, when I first stepped into this fantastic city, fell in love with everything in it, and most of all, in its energy.

 

It was exactly three years ago when I had my first  fashion show at New York Fashion Week. Getting familiar with it, especially in this way, I had to introduced myself to the New York audience in a artistic way, and I wished to come back here whenever I could. I followed my senses, of course, and I knew where I would feel complete. On the first day of rehearsals, I saw what it has been a great motivation for me all these years: freedom, expression, width, high vibrations. I could write so much about this.

I was going to make my dream come true.  Artist dream. I want to live and create in NY.

 

When I say complete, I want to express my view of “fashion sense” (and not only fashion ), in this “center of the world”. Fashion in NY is fascinating. Fashion is not a simple explanation here. It just can not be. Fashion is all around. It’s in the streets, in the people, in the tasty food, in the way of life.

It’s not easy to define fashion, especially to me as a designer. However, each period has its own direction, its style, which is often standardized. That’s the base, then every individual has its own “trend”. Trends are something that is set, but our creations are unique. Our trend’s creation is what we are pursuing. We carry what we want, what is in the trend, to feel part of the whole. Being “fashionable” in this city is very easy, because this city loves and embraces the differences. I always detested uniformity, and often times I ignored it. On the other side, I sometimes used for a fantastic pieces of my own and styles.

Since we are all individuals, with our own choices and our own way of life, New York is a great place to savor fantastic fashion, and also go through personal transformation. The catharsis from the standard is the most beautiful freedom, and this city supports it strongly.

I find the inspiration in this energy that makes me move, explore, go further, leave the everyday comfort, change. Streets, tourists, yellow taxis, rain coming down, wet streets shining, Broadway, subway, inspiration is everywhere! And that’s just a small part of New York. New York that takes me to whole other dimension, where my creations are extraordinary, like the city itself, created exclusively from the feeling of everything surrounding me. Don’t be afraid to be unique and different, this city is crazy in love with it! Come here to show your (un)limits, make something beautiful, and live the dream! This city reward it with huge gratitude-it gives you its streets, its energy level, freedom of speech, expression, open mind and differentialities. Adventure begines when you are not ready for it.

Photo by Nebojsa Perkovic

 


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