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Question. How do you stand out in a crowd and get noticed?  Not by looking and acting exactly like everyone around you, that’s for sure. In a saturated fashion design, blog, consumer market blending in by being like everyone else will only make you one of the crowd. If you’re looking for peer acceptance, don’t want to rock the boat and, possibly, be labelled a troublemaker/ outcast, then you’re doing the right thing. But if you want to make your mark and let your true self shine, then you’re going to have to take a few chances.

Some of the top players/ taste makers in the fashion industry didn’t get there by being wallflowers. Several were part of the infamous club kid scene of the 80’s (designer Alexander McQueen/ photographer Steven Meisel/ designer Anna Sui/) and were individuals from the start. So are Isabella Blow (RIP), Rodarte, Anna dello Russo, and Caroline Roitfeld. So, what is it that we admire and love about these people? It’s their ability to stay true to their vision, no matter how strange/unfamiliar it may be to the public in the beginning or the end, and therefore stay true to themselves.

Blogger Susie Bubble of Stylebubble.com is a great example of a blogger who since the beginning of her blog, and no doubt before, has been true to herself. Standing up for her tastes in fashion has, at times, made her a bit of an outcast by some and admired by others. Considering the success of her blog, I’d say she’s “winning!”

As Marianne Williamson once wrote in her essay A Return to Love:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Steven Meisel via http://www.Lanvin.com

Alexander McQueen via http://www.latimes.com

Isabella Blow via http://www.marieclaire.com

Anna del Russo for H&M accessories (available October 2012)

Susie Bubble from http://www.stylebubble.co.uk