(Marcus Pritzki; Self Service Magazine; Anna Feller by Taylor James) Yesterday while I was saving photographs of Taylor Momsen and saying that I wanted to revert back to the rock and roll style I used to favour over my current indie threads, my boyfriend remarked that I was easily influenced. I think that I’m a pretty unusual individual by nature really. It’s been said many times. I don’t generally take what other people say to heart-I live in a town full of chavs who often laugh in my face because I like to wear huge glasses influenced by my favourite murderous writer And have shaved the side of my head ala coma patients in fantastical films When I got thinking about it isn’t fashion founded on influence? The fashion designers go out and source their inspirations/influences and talk to stylists, see what others and wearing on the street and in the magazines and where to take that for the new season. Then the collection is made and celebrities endorse the designs either in advertising campaigns or models wear them in editorials and the celebrities see these and call up the stockists. The celebrities wear the designs, sometimes for free and then me and you-the large eyed, easily influenced civilians go out and find the images of our favourite celebrities be it on a blog or on television or in magazines and we want to emulate them. Because of this designs are diluted down for high-street distribution and there you have it- plaid shirts with tights galore! It’s how the fashion world works-a giant cycle of influence. There are garments and styles that are in today that would have had you laughed at only a few years ago- like shoulder pads, undercuts, suspenders on show, shirts as dresses, leggings as pants (people may still laugh at you for this-it works if you work it...but not if you’re 300lbs 0_0), dark lips, leather or harem pants and dressing like Morticia Addams are just a few examples. Of course there are designers who I love season after season with no regard to trends: Burberry Prorsum, Alexander McQueen, Rag & Bone, Marni, Haider Ackerman, Stella McCartney, Givenchy and Ann Demeulemeester. But everyone makes the new trends work for them while some old trends never go away. Boho for instance is still hanging on for dear life-and why the hell not? Remember how awesome it was? I think this is when I became obsessed with them all-the beads, the battered shirts and jeans and the Marni coats and heels-it was all just too much. Utter love. Apart from the Olsens and Nicole, I find myself inspired by world cinema, everything Tim Burton has ever made, weird/indie films like 500 Days of Summer, Tideland, Wristcutters, Elephant and Running With Scissors, music, daydreams, art, costume design in musicals and television, fashion editorials, Japanese and Swedish street-style and characters from books. I’ve told you mine-now you tell me yours. What inspires or influences you?
My name is Jasmin but I've always liked boys with girls' names and names that end in -ie.
I'm an insomniac. I like to stay up late to watch the sky change from blue to black to beige and blue again. I'm a critically indecisive realist whose in love with the little things. I enjoy writing lists and schedules but never stick to them. I want to learn to do a million things like speak Swedish, play guitar, skateboard, hula hoop and play poker. My mind is always turning over a million things but I am a simple girl and I never ask for much. I'm a typical nerd and I'm excited by fashion, photography, books, ideas and theories.
I could pour through books and magazines until my eyes dribbled down my face in a torrent of glitter and sequins. It's true.
I like to paint what I write, write what I think and photograph what I see.
"Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everybody I've ever known." Chuck Palahniuk, INVISIBLE MONSTERS