I traveled to Governor’s Island this past weekend to partake in a celebration of music, art and food (really good food). What better way to spend a beautiful summer day than on an island outside of Manhattan complete with live music and great friends? Hey, that’s what summer is all about.
I really try to make a conscious effort to get out and explore all that New York has to offer at any chance I can get. Personally, these experiences are what give me inspiration. I’m inspired to wear things in new ways, eat foods I’ve never tried, visit places I’ve never been and be open to what others have to say. As a designer, Bettye uses everyday inspiration and “street fashion,” as we like to refer to it, when creating her collection. Although at this particular event everyone was connected by their love of music, I found myself surrounded by people who used fashion, of all things, as their chosen way to express themselves. Some wore less, but those who were fully clothed sure did get it right.
Being a fashion connoisseur and never knowing what future purpose my captured images could hold, I spent a majority of the day people watching and snapping away. I took pictures of anything and everything. I introduced myself to girl’s whose outfits I loved and made many new friends along the way. The next afternoon as I sat reviewing my photographic timeline, I kept having a strange sense of deja vu. The kind where you’re like “I know I’ve seen this person before.” Well, I definitely did not know any of the people I had met, but it was what they were wearing that triggered my memory. Familiar things popped out at me; textures, colors and accessories that all were seen on the runways for Resort 2012. It should come as no surprise that yet again, New Yorker’s and tri-state travelers are setting the bar for fashion to come.
Needless to say, these ladies are ahead of the fashion game. When you do start seeing these looks in-store this upcoming holiday season, why not take a risk and try something different? You never know, you could be setting the next trend.