Inspiration: Michael Economy

Anna Sui was probably the reason I ever started paying attention to fashion. I found her thanks to this really weird book called Life is a Movie Starring You: The Pesky Meddling Girls Guide to Living Your DreamIt’s a really great book. I wholeheartedly recommend it, especially for younger girls. Lots of throwback fun. Being a pesky meddling girl is the most fun you will ever have. ANYWAY! Yeah. Anna Sui was tucked away inside this book and so was the art of Michael Economy.

I wrote about the Mary Katrantzou show a few posts back and noticed a lot of details that reminded me of old-school Sui illustration and branding. Most of which was done by Michael Economy. In doing that I discovered a bit about him; he graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta, designed the Anna Sui Dolly Girl look, did branding for the 90s most danceable band Deee-Lite, and created literally everything cool in the world.

This weird little trip down memory lane makes me want to wear platform sneakers, throw on a tattoo choker, step out in my neon green mesh shirt, and wiggle to the wee hours. The 90s were beautiful and weird.

LFW: Mary Katrantzou

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Carousels. Ballerinas. Butterflies. Cowgirls. Oh my.

I literally cannot get enough of this collection. I’m also noticing a butterfly trend? Do I like that? It might be growing on me. Do I like that it’s growing on me? I’m not really sure. Emotions, I have them. It is like a childhood dream come true and stuck on a shirt dress. All of the imagery kind of reminded me of Lisa Grue and Michael Economy’s illustrations for Anna Sui, which I can really get down with.

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If this entire show could be turned into a glamorously whimsical colouring book for adults, I’d be so happy. I’m over the moon right now. I want to break out my Breyer horses, Sky Dancers, tulle tutus, and cover it all in glitter. Ah. Yes. Bliss.