Last fall I wrote from the sidelines on New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 18 trends, about how designers were predicting an even bolder and more daring woman, with their presentation of lively colors and silhouettes on the runways. *Rubs crystal ball and fast forwards to the emergence Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.* While I went out on this shoot in Georgetown immediately afterward to capture my prediction, I knew that the journey to bolder and more daring would require more than a wardrobe enhancement.
Becoming bold means coming to and existing at the root of who you are. While forces in the world may try and take you away from that place time and again, and whether that manifests itself in anger, insecurity, assumptions, or lack of faith, the important thing is to know the difference between your root and any other place. That means sticking to your core beliefs and not letting go for anyone or anything, whether that belief is country, humanity, love or goodness itself.
Existing in a less generic place also means putting more thought into every aspect of your character and your image. As many household brands raced to reproduce runway looks into fast fashion, I looked for retrospective ways to dress for today’s style.
As billowing as the old school fashion week tents of Bryant Park, these dark pleated pants are a vintage piece. Etching out my space with each forward pace, their outlines are consuming and expanding, a forever rewinding power stance.
Pleats somehow keep any look classic and clean. That’s why I doubled down with a peekaboo pleated blouse in an offset cream pink color. Monochrome pleats hit the sweet spot of NYFW trend predictions.
When you exist at your root, nothing stops you from moving with ease. Whether it is moving on bravely to new opportunities, or with confidence from old pursuits. It comes effortlessly. Just like fashion, existence at the root makes you undeniable, and unstoppable.
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