Whenever the play of imitating becomes fixed, imitation becomes usage, and that means the end of taste. Novelty makes fashion alluring; and to be inventive in all sorts of external forms, even if they often degenerate into something fantastic and even detestable… Therefore, fashion is not properly a matter of taste (for it may have been extremely antagonistic to taste), but a matter of mere vanity in order to appear distinguished, and a matter of competition in order to surpass others in it.
Of course source material can simply be aesthetic, let’s not be a total buzzkill. But without a real understanding of where something started, or the context in which it exists, I find the point of inspiration to be quite shallow. And consciously or not, shallow waters are where the copying happens.
"If you're going to reset after this period, you need to allow a moment to birth a new aesthetic. Start again."
—Jonathan Anderson on his SS22 presentation for Loewe