JCR: Fashion has always been a global affair but it’s no longer just about going to exotic locations to conduct photoshoots. Talents like you are seamlessly working without the pesky boundaries of country — what’s happening?
BB: I think one of the main reasons for this global navigating is that fashion today has opened itself up to a much wider audience. We live in a magazine culture that’s worldwide and one that addresses a diverse readership. Foreign language magazines are sold all over the world and there are no more boundaries of country for content. The music scene is definitely influencing and pushing the market as well. It influences a worldwide audience and musicians are high profile consumers of fashion. All of these different markets and factors are feeding the global behemoth of fashion and it’s a large animal to feed.
JCR: Is it about staying atop the trends?
BB: Sure. Trends just mean the general directions in which things tend to move, and since we are moving a lot it surely helps to stay current.
JCR: Work obviously affects where you travel to but you’re also traveling to gather inspiration. Do you find that you have to touch down in several cities at least every couple months to keep the well of inspiration from drying up and to maintain relationships?
BB: I do feel that I have to travel to feel different energy and inspiration from different cultures. If I stay more then two months in the same city I start to feel a little achy, and need to start traveling again.
JCR: Do clients value your worldly exposure? Speaking several languages of course doesn’t hurt.
BB: Sure. I think it’s always comforting to have someone in front of you that knows what’s going on in different parts of the world.
JCR: Is there a certain restlessness in our generation that accounts for some of this global navigation?
BB: I think one of the keywords for our generation is FAST, FASTER. So that explains it by itself. Also, the fact that traveling today is easier and much cheaper than it used to be is a key factor.
JCR: Do you think different parts of the world are growing with similar identities? Is what’s going on in Milan very similar to happenings in Los Angeles, for example or does it remain distinctly different?
BB: The beauty is that the identities are still very different from city to city. The streets are talking different languages.
JCR: What region is the most important fashion influence coming from?
BB: There is not just one important region. For me it’s the regions with the richest cultures and history. In saying that though, the regions with thick ethnic influences have been very influential in recent seasons.
JCR: What’s your pick for the next emerging markets?
JCR: There’s a shift taking place now, talents are increasing working more out of New York’
BB: Cause it’s cute! And it seems that it’s the city that still doesn’t sleep.
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