Getting Lost in a Liya Kebede x Paolo Roversi Fantasy

Getting Lost in a Liya Kebede x Paolo Roversi Fantasy

As far as I'm concerned, really good fashion tends to have a few things in common. First, it never truly gets old. If anything, good fashion becomes better fashion with time. Second, it takes you somewhere- emotionally, physically, or spiritually- it moves you. Finally, it makes you think about clothing in a different light. That spark is the power that fashion has to help us unleash the endless creativity that exists within us as we develop and hone our personal sense of how we want to dress. 

By the above criteria, this 2007 Paolo Roversi shoot featuring Liya Kebede is nothing if not good fashion. There is so much inspiration in the way materials and colors and textures are used, in Ms. Kebede's effusing regalness, and in the wistfulness with which Mr. Roversi has captured her.

I got lost in all of it.

I let myself get lost, and then I made myself think about the power of fantasy in fashion. Does fashion exist to help us escape from reality into a fantasy? Or is it there to help us infuse a measure of fantasy, some bits and pieces of magic, into our daily lives? Mr. Roversi, whose work I so highly regard, seems to believe the line between fantasy and reality might not be as sharp as we often think it to be. With so much of our individual realities being shaped by the way we choose to see the world, I believe he just might be on to something.

In that spirit, why not take inspiration from this ethereal collection of images and apply it to our everyday relationship with our clothes?

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Liya Kebede by Paolo Roversi for The New York Times Style Magazine, 2007. 

 
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