Fashion’s Latest Muse? Instagram

Elle Magazine singled out influential instagram users. Photo by Patricia Wall for NY Times.

Elle Magazine singled out influential instagram users. Photo by Patricia Wall for NY Times.
Elle Magazine singled out influential instagram users. Photo by Patricia Wall for NY Times.

Diane von Furstenberg routinely scours the site for commentary. When she recently posted pictures of searingly colorful wildflowers, her followers promptly registered approval, some suggesting they would make a fine print on a dress. Would she consider it? “It’s possible,” she said.

Ms. von Furstenberg is not alone in harnessing Instagram’s formidable crowd-sourcing powers.

“Instagram has changed my eye,” said Nanette Lepore. And colored her runway, as well. Ms. Lepore’s spring show on Wednesday was enlivened by a series of poppy prints, their subtly washed-out acid tones credible reproductions of the bleached-out colors and oddly ravaged effects shown in Instagram snaps by her fans. Late last spring she tried to capture the irreverent spirit of the style-struck, snap-happy young denizens of Venice Beach in California in her resort collection.

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