I'm always going to have a soft spot for musicians who use their unique style to influence their work. David Bowie is the ultimate, the genius who started an overnight craze with his alter-ego Ziggy Stardust and that Aladdin Sane cover which will always be one of pop culture's most iconic images.
Bands do it, singers do it- fashion and music always go hand in hand and a song was my inspiration for this post. Like a lot of people, my inspiration often comes from my iTunes library, or films or books, but today it was the former.
I've done moodboards for years and they are a great way to get your ideas down or great whenever you've got a bit of extra time. I tend to do them when I have an idea for a fashion shoot and am sadly short of models, a good camera, clothes, a set and basically everything that a fashion shoot requires!
As you all know, bold colour is massive this season, and I thought a fresh idea for a magazine shoot would be one involving fresh shades of blue. I got thinking of the Blondie song 'Union City Blue' (one of my all time favourites- I loveee Blondie!) and the video was an inspiration for this moodboard.
I always love a bit of a contrast in fashion be it frothy couture against a clinical backdrop or grungy clothes in a field of daisies- it looks striking and gets you thinking. I thought that, taking inspiration from Debbie Harry and her band playing in an industrial area, I would love the look of some really pretty blue dresses and separates (blue on blue on blue) on models atop grey skyscrapers and dull buildings.
The Rodarte dress I tore out from a past issue of Elle would be a perfect centrepiece, or something Peter Pilotto perhaps, with lashings of Stella McCartney denim and bold block cobalt- perhaps courtesy of Mulberry. Moodboards are a great way of getting you really creative with your look and ideas and they double up as some great wall art!
While browsing, why not pop the video on and gorge your ears on some classic Blondie riffs?