Something I love about the SL fashion crowd is the level of collaboration that goes on between designers. Oh, sure, there's all that drama and stuff that gets all the press... but there's also actually a lot of cooperation and sharing. I'm not even talking about actual collaborations; like one designer putting the prims on another designers work. I mean, THAT'S awesome, but even better is when a designer manages to inspire another. All art is inspiration, after all.
Ok, so you've got your 'Fashcon's' and your designer cabals, that's a given; but there's also just groups of friends who enjoy making art together and want to share it with SL. Those are the relationships I love best, those are the relationships that go above any kind of financial or political-clique whatever. You've got friends, you've got art... and the result is usually pretty cool.
Take 'Aemilia', for example... Shelly Toonie's latest release for Moonshine Designs. Not only a lovely dress showcasing Shelly's lovely textures; not only a cute addition to the Moonshine lineup. It's not just another fun ensemble from a talented designer. Nope... I mean, it IS all of those things, but... it's also a lovely homage to hair and accessories designer Aemilia Case.
I think the rule of thumb in business is that 'competition' inspires creativity... I guess that's true. It's not the whole story though. Friendship, mutual love of SL, and a passion for design seem to do pretty well in that direction too.