Imported: There’s No Place Like Home

by Elisabet

This post was imported from a blog that I did for a a couple months as a column-writing project for my Production Journalism class. On Nomadic Style I wrote about style and fashion inspiration that spanned various fashionable regions. The blog posts included wanderlust, which is another attribute of this blog; they also have some travel inspiration. As part of the project, I also had to reply to my classmates’ blog and a professional blogger of our choice, and I chose Garance Dore to respond to. I didn’t import the responses, but they can be found on that blog. I don’t blog on there anymore because it was a project, but I chose to import the style posts onto this blog because I like them so much.

As I wrote about all of the four major fashion capitals (technically, even though I sometimes focused on the countries) that host a fashion week, I would automatically write about America. America, a country that some could would have an infinite amount of inspiration for fashion. America boasts three major fashion destinations: Los Angeles, the South/Southwest, and finally the Eastern front, mainly being New York City. I have lived in all three areas, and am therefore able to say with confidence that each distinct area or region boasts its own unique style. That is not to say that the other countries [destinations] I wrote about don’t, but I just do not have so much experience with them, as I have never lived in various regions throughout France or Italy.

However different these distinct regions are, American style still has a unity in it. American style can most of the time be described simply as iconic. Of course, most hail places like Milan and Paris as the truly chic, and fashion city icons, what with all of the history and background. Being iconic, and being simply an icon are two different things. However, this history is just what I believe separates American style from that of the other fashion capitals. Because in whole, what makes American style iconic, is the contemporary, revolutionary aspect of it; and now, America . At one point, these descriptions belonged to designers hailing from Europe, but now they belong to the young and talented designers from America, or just those who claim America as their stomping grounds.

The young set who is revolutionizing the fashion world while claiming NYC as their stomping grounds include Alexander Wang, Thakoon Panichgul and Zac Posen. Alexander Wang is one of the main designers known for making paper thin, disheveled tees popular among the “cool crowd.” One of the many reasons I like him is because he has a fresh take on fashion, and even being stylish yet comfortable in general. He introduced the whole aspect of incorporating the aesthetics of athleticism into normal, day-to-day clothing. His clothing is a resemblance of both Coasts, having that eclectic look of Los Angeles, and the city chic and thrown together, neutral colour scheme of New York.

What makes American fashion legendary and iconic are the bigger, more established designers who do actually give Americans a look on the contour side of the fashion world, and design for big houses and compete in the bigger markets, these include Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, and Tory Burch (who designs quintessentially American accessories). These are the designers that have polished and perfected the quintessential [mostly] East Coast look to American style. Of course, Marc Jacobs is a little more eclectic and versatile, designing for French fashion house Louis Vuitton.

Fashion itself is an ever-evolving cycle, where geographical boundaries do no limit the minds of those creative enough to basically cloth the backs of this world, in one way or another. However, the regions within these boundaries will always have their own personalities. ♥