I have always found inspiration from those who have "been there, done that", the wisdom that comes only from life's experiences. Some words of wisdom.....
"In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different" - Coco Chanel
" Coming from a free-thinking art school that encouraged creativity, I very quickly learned about the constant battle between art and commerce and had to find the balance to survive. There are many ways to find your own balance and to learn both sides of the business. Once you learn the rules, I think it is very important to take chances and push the envelope as a designer- sometimes ideas work; sometimes they don't, but the most important thing is that you roll the dice. The fashion industry is forever evolving and so much of being successful is changing and adapting while remaining true to your vision and maintaining your integrity." -Cynthia Rowley
"The important thing is to believe in what you do. Have a big dream and take small steps." -Diane Von Furtsenberg
"If I may give one word of advice, it would be this: leave, and always leave, your imagination above everything else; technique should always serve imagination, and not the opposite. To be a good technician is only a help, but should never be a priority. Why? Because technique can shrink your creation, and creation is everything, and the rest should gravitate around this. The more you are free, the more you design will reflect this sense of liberty, which is after all, one of the essences of fashion. Fashion tends to represent different points of view and meaning, and at its best should reflect individuality, eccentricity, and wit" -Christian Louboutin
"About half my designs are controlled fantasy, 15 percent are total madness and the rest are bread-and-butter designs." - Manolo Blahnik