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The past few days, New York has been host to a variety of designers from around the world and their offerings for spring/summer menswear. The runway was host to a number of styles as always, traditional menswear, contemporary, even avant-garde. The new kid on the block at this NYMFW was the streetwear style. Streetwear has always been closely linked to high fashion, with pieces from designers always being incorporated into streetwear outfits. However, streetwear has never taken its own spot on the runway the same way it did this week.
American brand John Elliott + Co presented their second ever runway collection, with their first being fall/winter NYFW. Among fashion boards and forums, John Elliott + Co is known for making basic, but high quality pieces. Though popular and essential to streetwear, many wondered how such a seemingly simple brand could manifest itself on the runway. With a simple and solid fall/winter show, Elliott was off to a decent start. The question was; how could he expand on this for his next show while staying true to his signature basic style? Running Through Vietnam, Elliott’s S/S 2016 menswear collection, was given as an answer. The models came out, dressed in greys and muted earth tones. Rugged military style jackets, vests, and shirts adorned with pockets were the first layer in many looks. Running thermals and athletic hoodies accompanied them. Sweat drenched the faces of every model. Green bandannas were tied around necks. The immediate impression given by the collection was that it did in fact take place in Vietnam. The earthiness and raggedness of the show connected what the Vietnam War truly was; dirty, grimey, and fought by soldiers who were sick and tired. Though the military inspiration was obvious, it was not the military inspiration seen in the collections of Balmain. It was not from the view of the general, but rather the footsoldier.
The New York-based Public School made a strong appearance in order to defend their home turf. As with their past collections, the S/S 2016 show from the brand displayed extreme minimalism. A simple but tasteful palette of black, white, and navy were perfect choices for the large amounts of color blocking. The only deviations from the solid colors present were several plaid shirts, mostly hidden under outer layers, and a simple line grid pattern. A faint shininess was almost always visible on the traditional blazers, youthful bomber jackets, and modernistic double-zip fleeces which served as the collection’s outerwear. The contrast of shirts buttoned to the neck and blazers against flat brim baseball hats and loose bomber jackets showed the mixing of streetwear and traditional menswear that much of both high fashion and streetwear seem to be undergoing. With several blazer looks, thick-soled high top sneakers were used to further this idea. Twitter and Instagram famous teenage model Luka Sabbat was featured in the show, giving the message that the youth of this newest generation do desire to involve themselves with, influence, and innovate fashion. Public School has shown that fashion is getting ready to move itself with the next generation.
Robert Geller, like Public School and John Elliott + Co, is based in the US. Though unlike the two, Geller has always designed runway shows and has had little-to-none involvement in streetwear. Though he stuck to his high fashion roots, Geller did incorporate several standout pieces which displayed streetwear elements. First, athletic shorts with an elastic waistband seemed almost out of place paired with a loose, drapey coat and flowing shirt. Shortly after, a quarter zip hooded vest appears, and can be noted as the only zipper displayed in the collection. The vest is made of a technical fleece material and appears in contrast to the silky flow of the rest of the collection. Besides these two articles, the models are curiously draped in billowing trousers, similarly flowing shirts, low-cut tees, and baggy outerwear. High waisted pants, sashes, and belts cut across midsections of loose fabrics to create what appears to be a feminine silhouette. Footwear carried this feminine element as well, single strap shoes were given large windows on the tops and were worn without socks. Tall grey hats, reminiscent of World War II military helmets, cover the heads and shadowed the eyes of models, contributing the androgyny of the show. Containing both youthful elements of street style and breaking gender confinements assigned to men, Geller’s collection proved itself to be forward and refreshing.
But, like any style moment – be it edgy summer floral wear, color dress shoes or retro sneakers – there are some who catch wind of the trend, splurge on the latest threads, and when putting it all together, sadly get it all wrong.
Despite the casual ease that street chic implies, it can be difficult to pull off such a youthful look without looking like a wanna-be teen in the process. In this article we’re going to take a look at what it takes to be ‘street chic’ – avoiding any chance of an outfit double up with a fashion forward fifteen-year-old.
Breaking It Down
Street chic is exactly what it sounds like: the surf/hip-hop/skate elements of American youth culture mixed with the likes of optimal, luxury labels. Combine synthetic fabrics (think nylons, neoprenes and satins) with cotton, cashmere and woollen fabrics; bringing texture to the outfits.
Then, remember to retain clean lines and correct fit. Street chic may give off a less structured and relaxed vibe than tailored pieces, but structure is paramount – avoid baggy tops and saggy bottoms. Finally, focus on minor details, like leather caps, tech savvy watches and cashmere scarfs to give street chic that final kick. It’s all about going from ‘eek’ to ‘chic’ in one fell swoop.
Nothing says ‘street chic’ more than monochrome. Pairing solid blacks with bursts of white is a foolproof look for luxury streetwear, instantly dressing up any combination.
The tonal look that monochrome gives is all about wearing the outfit as one uniformed hue, and then adding pops of difference such as metallic zips, fabric contrasts (think leather backpacks on cotton jackets) and even wearing sneakers that carry a slight print or a bold burst of color, with an otherwise pared back outfit.
Just the same as you would with a smartphone, it’s time to upgrade the 2D prints in your wardrobe or move onto the real digital prints. These intricate fashion prints aren’t your average navy blue stripe or polka dot, they’re a more sophisticated graphic or pattern that projects a story onto the fabric.
The patterns are often life inspired and graphic, and often look molecular and futuristic in style because of the level of detail. Far more ‘mature’ than a typical print, work these graphics into tees and shirts, while letting the rest of your outfit be monochrome in style.
If you want to take the digital print a little further, think about incorporating digital patterns below the belt. Street chic can be a pair of patterned shorts or pants as the centerpiece of a monochrome outfit; remember the secret to chic is one burst of pop styled with a monochrome base.
Ultimate Chic Footwear
Sneakers really should be your only ‘street’ footwear consideration. And the ‘chic’ follows quickly in toe when you invest in a premium pair. Nothing gym ready is required here, we’re not talking about a chunky pair of Adidas with great endorsements for arch support. There’s only one ethos to follow: white for dressy, block colored for the brave and retro for quirky.
Above all, keep the sneakers clean and let the suave kicks do all the ‘street chic’ talking.
For many fashionistas urban style is ultra-cool thanks to the many entertainment and sporting icons that wear such a wide range of designer clothing. Getting the street look has never been more popular, and the great thing about urban chic is that what looks good on the catwalk is easily translated for high-end shops and boutiques, referencing many of the sporting themes the style is built around.
From hip hop to urban
The style started with the emergence of hip-hop among African-American young people in the late 1970s, with sportswear brands attaching themselves to the scene. Over the decades, the styles became known as “urban” and are remained aligned with sportswear, with many top designers in the high fashion industry being inspired by the streetwear and putting clothes and accessories inspired by the street out onto the catwalk.
Who doesn’t have some denim lurking in their closet? The original work clothing has had so many makeovers over the years that it could be forgiven for having an identity crisis, yet denim is ideal for imaginative makeovers and there are always plenty of fresh ideas coming through from major denim designers.
The bright, in-your-face concepts of Pop At are a trend – think Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol — using comic strips and globally recognized advertising brands to decorate clothing and accessories such as bags, pencil cases and backpacks. It’s an urban style that will always catch the eye.
Are sneakers always in fashion? The answer has to be yes when it comes to streetwear. The trend was huge in the last season and has always been popular both for the gym and as comfortable daywear when pounding the city streets. This season sees colorful and chunky sneaker styles being created with a cheeky nod to the 90s and some vibrant effects to show off the footwear. They look good on the catwalk and equally fine in the urban environment.
Sports clothing has been the bedrock of urban style from the beginning. It’s both functional and fashionable and provides a massive range of opportunities to mix and match shirts, tops, shorts, socks and sneakers to create individual looks that can be as formal or casual as required for any occasion.
Athletes such as basketball players – think of the incredible Michael Jordan – football and hockey stars and the giants of the gridiron are all models for the type of sports clothing to found in the stores. Athletes, whether professional or weekend warrior, also need support for recovery from their exertions and featured compression clothing is the perfect addition to an urban wardrobe.
Menswear with athletic themes are showing this season, with fused tropical textile prints featuring sporty silhouettes, a modern take on the perfect vacation wardrobe. Tunics and sporty separates feature with a variety of kaleidoscopic prints – iconographic fashion design and comfortable to wear.
The catwalk may be the showcase for urban style, but when it translates as successfully as it does to the high street and mall then it’s going to be in fashion for many years to come.
Summer is here and people are out and about for special events, traveling, or just to enjoy the great weather. It’s also the perfect time for celebrity spotting.
One guy who was spotted out for some exercise in Paris, during a film shoot was actor Simon Baker of the television show The Mentalist. Being the stylish Australian man that he is, you would expect nothing less than having him ride through the streets in a timeless, white button-down shirt, a pair of black casual trousers, and summery black leather slip-on sneaker/shoes. Simon’s style of shoes can be purchased at www.net-a-port.com as the Common Projects Leather Slip-on Sneakers for $455 or for a lower price tag, as the Vans Classic Slip-ons in perforated leather for $60 at Zappos.
The next celebrity spotting was Will Ferrell and his family, as he traveled through an airport. Will really managed to disguise himself as the Average Joe in his printed grey t-shirt, baby blue pedal pusher length shorts, and canvas slip-on shoes. My eyes are drawn immediately to the black socks and I wonder how his wife let him get away with that one. No style award for you today Will!
One young singer that always tries to maintain her cute-level is Taylor Swift. She is photographed here in a vintage-looking, cropped-length peach and white gingham check top with a high-waisted light green shirt. Taylor’s outfit is totally tied together with her peach and tan leather sandals and of course, her matching beige leather purse. Taylor perfectly captures the young lady-like look.
The last celebrity sighting of the week to discuss is super model Heidi Klum strolling the shops with one of her little ones. Heidi has a 70’s vibe going with her floppy beige sun hat, white embroidered tank top, patch pocket boot-cut jeans, and square heel tan leather sandals. Heidi’s brown leather, saddle-style bag and gold-rimmed Aviator sunglasses are the perfect accessories. A similar vintage- style bag can be found by the designer Patricia Nash at www.countryoutfitter.com, currently for $127.95. It has the rich brown leather and is called the Women’s Barcellona Saddle Bag in tan.
The street look is one that never goes out of fashion –and always comes off at looking effortlessly cool (which usually takes a lot of effort!). There are certain necessities that come standard with the street look in order to make it work, and not only do they look great, but many are practical for staying comfortable all year round.
Not just great as a practical solution to keeping your ears warm, beanies are also a classic element of the street look. They come in all shapes, colours, sizes and materials so you’re sure to find one that suits your tastes. They’re even making appearances on the runway and atop the heads of the worlds’ most rich and famous. Check out Z-Flex Skateboards – they have a great range of warm, affordable headwear that looks edgy whilst still keeping the heat in! Additionally, snapbacks are quite favoured with the street-elite, and are great for blocking the sun out and keeping your skin burn free! You can get snapbacks with a wide variety of cool branding and logos, or just go for a plain colour that won’t class with the rest of your street-ready outfit!
When celebrities are strolling down the red carpet or out in the public eye at an event, they have their designer outfits planned, as well as the perfect accessories. However, when the paparazzi snap a photo of them on the street, it can be flattering or not dependent on what they left the house in that day.
One guy who always seems to look classic is Leonardo DiCaprio, who was photographed out on the street in Australia recently. He has on a great muted plaid suit in a slate blue that has a tailored fit, crisp white shirt, and a matching solid tie. Leonardo made a great color selection to bring out the blue in his eyes.
Another celebrity to be caught on the street is Fashion Designer Rachael Zoe and her son Skyler. She exemplifies the word ‘fashion’ with her flowing black maxi dress, motorcycle-style woven grey and black jacket, and over-sized round shades. She even gets points for coordinating her son Skyler’s cool outfit with his black knit cap, grey and black graphic t-shirt, black trousers and boots.
The next celebrity street style is Kanye West, who was sporting a calf-length fur coat on his arrival to attend the Givenchy Men’s Fall/Winter 2014 fashion show. Fur is one of the hottest trends of the year and Kanye jumps right in with this coat. He manages to keep it casual with the oversized, hooded grey sweatshirt, slim black leather pants, and lace-up boots. Admittedly, the boots miss their mark – Kanye, you should know better and check out a retailer like Cavells for a bit more chic footwear!
The last two fashionable street strollers are Paris and Nicky Hilton. Paris has on a great charcoal woven topper jacket with leopard accents and Nicky’s mixed media Pea Coat, chain detailed purse, and liquid leggings are rocking the streets.