Monday, 5 November 2012
Street Style and Street Fashion
In fashion, inspiration can come from anywhere. It can come from movies, music, history, television, even magazines; but the best inspiration to me is always, the night clubs and the street. Street fashion and street style always come from the individual. It comes from the wacky club kid, the skater boy, the girl who works in fashion retail, or the girl at the makeup counter at MAC. It's always about how they put things together. It can start from a photo, or an item in one shop and grow into a look that is completely your own. A man or woman with great style would know how to take the most boring of things and spin it into a look that catches the eye. They can take anything that they liked and weave it into their everyday wardrobe, just like how British teens weaved Fred Perry, Ben Sherman and Doc Martin's into their lifestyle and just like how American teens weaved Nike, Lacoste and Tommy Hilfiger into their lifestyle. Street fashion and street style isn't always touched upon by the magazines. It's the fashion bloggers and photographers that are covering street fashion, making the fashion magazines take notice and incorporate a bit of street style into their editorials. As much as we love the glammed up editorials of Elle, Vogue, Marie Claire and Harper's Bazaar, we also love how they can take some of those high fashion pieces and work them to street level, where the real people live!! We get to see the models on their days off or on their way to shows, serving up individual looks, or we see the people that work in the fashion industry behind the scenes like photographers, make up artists, hair stylists, or even other fashion conscious bloggers that can serve up a look all their own, giving us a different picture than what's in the magazines. More and more designers (including myself) are checking out all kinds of street fashion blogs and books getting ideas and incorporating them into different looks and styles. Here are a few of my FAVORITE street style bloggers: The Satorialist- www.thesatorialist.com I love this street style blog because he covers street style from all over the world. This is where you will see how someone in New York City and how someone in Johannesburg can rock the same piece in two very different ways. He captures the stylish people in their natural state, nothing too posed or fake. He shows you how real people wear clothes. That's what I love to see, because that's what we all need to know as designers. Not everyone is a model, so we have to create the clothes for the real person to wear.