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Once upon a time, we all looked to the catwalks to find out what’s-on-trend and what we should definitely remove from our closet. With more individualism into the picture, the street style scene seems to galvanize the runway, translating it into wearable terms and showing us how different personalities perceive those glossy images in reality. Designers style their clothes one way on their runway models, but they soon come to discover that there are million other creative ideas to transform their clothes and accessories. Street style defines how we can possibly wear those new pieces and this is why during the fashion weeks across the world, what’s going on outside the venues is equally important to the shows! Shall we take a trip?
New York: Sporty Glam, Stripes and Shades of Blue
New Yorkers are very much famed to be a black-clad crowd of stylish people, yet eclecticism injected over the last years by global fashionistas occasionally turns other colors into “the new black”! This season, blue came to the forefront in different shades from austere midnight and navy to playful baby blue and sophisticated cerulean! Blogger Leandra Medine wore sequined blue stripes in a look that blends sporty vibes with sparkle; a trend that currently transcends Manhattan! Former model and stylist Hanneli Mustaparta adopted blue in a cute 30s-inspired Michael Kors dress. And what could anyone say about the pre-fall embroidered Valentino number fashion editor Zanna Roberts Rassi sported during the New York Fashion Week? Pure excellence! Edgier of all, Chiara Ferragni, mixed a rock & roll t-shirt with sequined skirt and sneakers. So mix & match your shopping treasures!
Paris: Mottos, Tatoos, Graffiti and the Androgynous Look
Gender-boundaries have been crossed to a great extent, leading to a boyish look for women and one more ‘metro’ for men. French style, with its effortless-chic flair, is ideal for this transition to happen in style. A boxy silhouette, few tattoos popping underneath your shirt, and the disturbing cloud of cigarette smoke around your face, seems to be the cliché that is interestingly evolving. This time we saw an array of hand-writing, drawing, and other forms of artistic expression on T-shirts, jackets, even hats, as well as a creative mix of mannish and girlish elements. Just check this wondrous Christian Dior bomber jacket on the streets; it was initially designed for men, but many women would love to pair it with a flouncy skirt or jeans! Why not wear a double-breasted roomy blazer over a fit-and-flare dress? And… socks with heels? That always sounds sexy!
Milan: Denim, Pajamas, Boho-Chic and Basic Colors
It’s as if the 70’s are perpetual! Flowy, floor-length florals, caftan-like frocks, along with platform wedges and loose wavy hair are part of the scheme. Those romantic, brightly-hued maxi dresses adopted by Italian street style icons Eleonora Carisi and Anna Dello Russo (hers by Dolce & Gabbana) are sure attention-grabbers! As for the return of the pajamas – sported in chambray by Chiara Ferragni – it is more than confirmed along with the endless variety of slip dresses raiding the catwalks across the world. Street style gets more ‘homey’ than ever before! And for those who stay faithful to the conventional definition of femininity, asymmetries and checks can give it an acceptable twist. Giovanna Battaglia is a vision in that super girly Simone Rocha dress!
London: Normcore, Corporate and Tech Romance
It’s true that the whole fashion industry is getting more ‘corporate’ than ever before, with funds and conglomerates streamlining creativity, but who would expect this to be vividly reflected on fashion trends? Normcore, or else non-trend, is the ‘geeky’ genre that dresses us with unimpressively plain clothes which, in all their simplicity, make a huge statement. Girls in modern, zero-time-left uniforms such as Miroslava Duma in boyfriend jeans, white sneakers and a camel coat or Alexa Chung in office-hour baggy shirt and fitted pencil skirt, have luckily sprinkled their looks with a tad more interesting details including a funny wristlet bag or an obi-belt fastening. So it’s not that boring! But geeky can also get futuristic, space-age and inevitably romantic! One of England’s best young fashion writers, Susie Lau, made it clear by combining his lately favorite Molly Goddard tulle dresses with silver boots, while DJ Leigh Lezark endorsed it by wearing a highly textural Mary Katrantzou coat!
Pick your favorite fashion capital and shop the trends here! If New York, check this Kate Spade Woodland Plaid Griffin Dress . If Paris, try this Isabel Marant Daisy cotton-blend canvas tuxedo jacket . If Milan, surely get the much-coveted Gucci Geranium-print silk top . Finally, if London, trust Stella McCartney and her Willow denim dress ! Fashion is a journey!