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women in fashion share their ideas

Defining moments

Sharp ladies share their three favorite images.

Kelly Harrington is a stylist, designer, creative consultant and vintage archivist based in London. Find her here.

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DAVID HOCKNEY

In 1998, a school art project led me down a path of discovery with the artist David Hockney, especially his swimming pool series painted & collages between 1960 and 1982.

Maybe it was that Californian blue sky colour he used and the idilic world of leisure that drew me in, or the remarkable way he captures and represents water. His creative photo collages were so contemporary for the time.

Countless times I tried to recreate these water scenes and failed.

David Hockney, A Bigger Splash, represents to me the day I realised I wanted to become an artist & a designer.

David Hockney, A Bigger Splash, 1967. Found here.

2

LEVIS – FLAT ERIC 1999

One of the most iconic denim adverts of all time. The Levis Flat Eric TV commercials came in a 2 part story with that unforgettable ‘Flat Beat’ tune by Quentin Dupieux. This advert single handedly takes me back to my youth, I was 20 years old. I was obsessed with Pop culture! ( wasn’t everyone! ) Britney Spears, David Beckham, Toy story and of course LEVIS. Just like the thousands of other people, I tried to get my hands on Flat Eric merchandise, it was like gold dust. I think this crazy voiceless character, Flat Eric is partly responsible for my obsession with Denim & the Levis brand.

Levis, Flat Eric, 1999. Found here.

3

FIRST TRIP TO JAPAN

I’m blessed with the opportunity to travel, I love to explore and find inspiration in my surroundings.

My first trip to japan was in 2002, this visit had a profound effect on me. It was like no other place I’d ever been to before and was a 1000 times better than I had ever imagined. Before visiting japan, as a child I’d always obsessed with the illusion that japan was a magical place that was so far away. The closest I’d ever got to japan as a child was visiting Disney land in Florida’s ‘World showcase’ where I purchased nearly everything in it associated with japan with my pocket money.

Since 2003 I’ve been back atleast once a year. This magical place will always be my inspiration, a place that I can never sleep in because I’m to excited to see what’s outside. I could wonder the streets for hours and stumble across something new, I always get lost and to me that’s part of the fun. Japan is a place close to my heart.

Personal photo by Kelly Harrington.