Where does a fashion designer go for inspiration when designing a new collection? There are many places for them to look. Some of the tried and true methods are as follows:
Magazines: Take a look at the magazine rack of your local bookstore, grocery store, or drugstore for a wealth of fashion magazine choices. Some of the more popular ones (in the US, anyway) are Bazaar, Vogue, Glamour, and Nylon. There are also magazines that are classification specific. A great store to shop at in NY is Shop Around The World. There website is: http://shop.aroundtheworldnyc.com.
Style.com: Style.com is the online home of Vogue magazine and has up-to-the-minute coverage of designers, parties, and anything else going on in the world of fashion. You can see complete coverage of all the designer runway shows right after the show is run. No longer do you need to wait till the collections are in the stores. The Trend section is also a great tool for a designer.
Style Blogs: There are a ton of style blogs out there. A few excellent ones to check out include Refinery29, The Cut (New York Magazine’s fashion blog), The Sartorialist, and Fashionista. For even more, check out Signature9’s list of the 99 Most Influential Style Blogs.
The Street: Check out fashion in the city or town in which you live. There are likely plenty of fashion-forward residents in or around your home town.
Newspapers: Many newspapers have fashion sections. Some even have special editions like The New Times. Women Wear Daily and Footwear news are important industry newspapers.
Culture: This includes books, movies, museums, and travel. You never know where inspiration can come from. I once figured out my spring color pallet from watching the NYC Ballet. And many times a popular movie will greatly influence the seasons trends.