In this pic: @anthonyobaner, SCAD Fashion Marketing + Journalism student and Editor-in-Chief @scadmanor, and @joselynelina, SCAD Interior Design + Photography student.
I'm back in NYC but still trying to get my head around the incredibly inspiring people I met @scaddotedu, and the big ideas presented at the #SCADstyle conference. In the fashion + media industries it's a badge of honor to be jaded and over everything - I'm as guilty as anyone of dismissing entire trends or collections with a flip, wannabe-Diana Vreeland comment. But to spend a week at SCAD is to be surrounded by students, faculty, and industry vets who are contagiously passionate about both the history of fashion and its present possibilities for self-expression. Most importantly, they are shaping the future of fashion in a way that's sustainable, diverse, smarter, and more liberating than it's ever been before.
Understand also that the children are SLAYING the style game in Savannah, Georgia. I couldn't walk two feet without being knocked over by some student's outfit. When I saw @anthonyobaner's corset look here, I literally made our driver stop so me and my fellow fashion journalists could gawk out the window. The next day, I met him in an all-white silk pajama look accessorized with a single strand of pearls "inspired by Giambattista Valli couture." For a layered-and-belted army jacket look, he cited my former boss @christenebarberich as inspiration (her recent talk with @pieraluisa at SCAD made a huge impression on students, and was still being discussed in rapt terms). And sure enough, as soon as he said it I could see CB strutting by - her silhouette, transposed onto this fashion student a thousand miles away. If that doesn't say something about the power of fashion to transcend boundaries and inspire I don't know what does.
The students I met don't spend huge money on clothes. They inhale history, runways, subcultures, and streetwear, and exhale ingenious outfits that mix high street and thrift scores in a way that's clever, nuanced, and fascinating to look at. They are the future, their eyes are open, and they will save us all, I'm sure of it.