Thursday, December 16, 2010

Street Trends to Now Trends

Part 1: Street Trends
Zoot Suit from the 1930-40's - USA the baggy pants with the tapered leg and large shouldered jacket is a perfect example of this vintage style. 

Teddy Boys from the 1959 - London in drape jackets and drainpipe pants with cuffs, and black leather boots, this look is so chic.

Hippies from the 1970’s - NYC Long flowy dress with intricate print, free flowing style with form fitting top.

Beatnik from the 1965 - NYC in a bohemian version of beatnik style in an ethnic vest and jeans.

Mod from the 1960’s - London Short, short mini dress with silver and bright coral striping and short boy haircut with androgynous style.
Punk - 2009 - Berlin Brightly colored jackets and hair to match.  Button up shirts with print, solids or stripes.  Paired with tight fitting jeans.

Disco from the 1979 - Phillipines Bright fuchsia, shiny pants suit with colorful blouse, very disco.

Hip Hop - 1987 - NYC  Large leather patch jackets with koufe hats.  Skin tight leggings and calf length colored boots and chunky jewelry.

Part 2. Runway
Zoot Suit – John Galliano 2002 Spring Collection.  Plaid print zoot suit inspired suit with baggy trousers and broad shouldered jacket.  This is a change on the style in a women’s version but very traditional with its eye catching print and patchwork design.  The shape of the suit is consistent with that of the original design.
Emanuel Ungaro – 2000 Fall Collection. A fun and cute take on the zoot suit.  White and pinstripe with a tapered leg and long coat.  I think this a great way to do a zoot suit in the 21st century with major style.
Teddy Boys -  Junya Watanabe  2007 Spring Collection. Stove pipe trousers with high-necked white shirts however the variation is the collar is fitted.  The brocade waistcoats grow into full brocade suiting. Shorter pants with cuffs and mid-length cuts.
Givenchy Spring 2001 Collection.  Teddy boy style mixed with a classy dress.  The teddy boy jacket is redone in a silver metallic which brings it into a more modern decade. 
Beatniks - BCBG 2006 Fall Collection. The turtleneck and the beret are still in full effect in the modern take on beatnik style.  There is not much change in the modern styling except for a lean towards the flashy with sparkles and chicer hemlines.  Color adds pop and flare to this style bringing it into the modern age and taking the edge off a possibly stand offish style.
Miu Miu 2005 Fall Collection.  Baret type hat with all black top and skirt.  Very cool look with a chic beatnik edge.
Mod Style – Roland Mouret 2004 Spring Collection. Tailored Italian styled suiting with crisp lines with an androgynous feel.  Cool colors that
Chanel 2006 Fall Collection. Bright red mod style coat with trapeze shape with jewels encrusted around the shoulders.  This is a beautiful way to bring Mod style into the 21st century.  The couture collar brings that special something to the look but does not stray too far from the original style.
Hippies – Diane von Furstenberg 2010 Spring Collection Flowy dress with a new modern style that adds “bling” to the look with gold metallics and more structure and it’s a short take which makes it fun and free.
Dries Van Noten 2008 Spring Collection Bright colors and breezy fabrics with cool white. This is a structured long sleeved look and ties.  This is a very modern look that is everyday wearable.
Punk –  Alexander McQueen 2006 Fall Collection.  Slim fitting top with poofy bottom dress with strong unique styling in the traditional punk print of plaid, a sexy new look of punk.
L.A.M.B. Fall 2010 – The white plaid jacket and skin tight leggings are so punk with a cool twisted jacket style, a much more approachable form of punk style.
Disco – Collette Dinnigan 2010 Fall Collection.  Shimmery crazy unique fabrics in a short disco ball inspired style.  Poofy armed dresses with slim fitting body, very disco era.
Balmain Spring 2010 – Slim fitting dress, short with strong shoulders.  Shimmery fabric with a unique shape, disco brought into the 21st century. 
Hip Hop - Baby Phat 2010 Spring Collection.  Hip Hop style has changed dramatically over the years.  Past hip hop has been a baggy more masculine style even on the female side, hip hop now is very feminine and sexy and strong.  There is a true identity, Baby Phat is a true definer of the hip hop style for women, the sexy, fun, edgy and young.   
Chanel – 1991 An unexpected place to see hip hop style however as seen here in this collection are the backwards hat, big belt buckle and chains.  This is very hip hop and very refreshing to see on a well respected brand.
Part 3: New Street Trends
Two new street trends that are not mentioned are vests and tunics.   Vests have become very popular and come in many different shapes and colors.  In the past few years vests have made a reemergence in street style.  There is the variation that is long and can be worn as a dress or a top.  These mostly come in solids and are perfect for everyday casual style.  There are also the shorter versions that fit close to the body and button up and are worn as a shirt completely.  This is a street style worn in preppy or relaxed way with jeans or dressed up with trousers.  I find that a lot of college students wear this style with tights, jeans or skirts. This site shows so many cool styles with sparkles, made from leather or mesh or crochets. 
Tunic style has taken to the streets for style and comfort.  This variation of a dress or a shirt that is worn by teens to middle aged women.  This street style is all about shape and color.  The prints and fabrics used to create this style are often bold and eye catching.  This street style is so cool and chic and can be worn with leggings, tights or jeans.  It‘s about comfort with this garment and it crosses age barriers.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Fashion Gratifying Street Style

Now there is no secret that John Galliano is my absolute favorite designer period, I mean the guy just ooozes fantasy fashion.  Now street style isn't always what you think about when you think of his Dior or self titled collections but I can tell you his Spring 2011 Menswear collection puts street style into this amazing high fashion light.  Ok aside from the fact that he has some of his models dressed like Charlie Chaplin, which is genius may I add, they look like hip hop gone through a warp, Stargate Tunnel of High Fashion Magicness (ok I know that is not a word) but how can you describe this?:

Or This?:

High Fashion Magicness right??
There is a direct correlation between those styles and the styles some of our younger generation wears as street style:

Baggy Pants, Wife Beaters, Members Only style jackets, grunge type shorts.
JG has just brought these looks together and  added his genius, now I know you have to be on a different
wavelength to flow with Mr. Galliano, I guess I am there cause I get it!

Loves John Galliano he is always all over the place in the right ways.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


The most awesome contribution from the 1970’s to the world of fashion would have to be the platform shoe! I love the platform shoes worn in the 70’s there were so many different shapes and heights.  Women and men alike wore some variation of a platform shoe.  They were so versatile and went with pants or dresses.  There were styles for sandals or boots or shoes and they went with everything. 
Today our platform shoe is also super cute and very versatile. From a pump, to a boot or sandal, platforms are a staple in our fashion world, rather it be for a casual or dressy shoes.  Though guys don’t wear them much anymore, I still think they are most cool and popular contribution from the 70’s!

One thing I have noticed about platform shoes of this age is that the platform is mostly on the front of the shoe to give height to the shoe.  For example all of the platform shoes I own are 5 ½ inches high the heel itself is so high but I am able to walk in them because of the 2 inch platform! What a great invention that is sexy and stylish!!

1960's Streetstyle VS YSLYeah!

Trends of the 60's were so cool, some chic some more rugged, all have been influential in the fashion world but I feel street trends have definantly been more influential.  I choose street trends because more people can relate to the everyday options they possess. My favorite street style from the 60’s is the hippie style. Hippie clothing has been so influential in what we wore in the 90’s especially and are making a huge comeback today. Long flowing ethnic print skirts, dresses and skirts are still a major part of a women’s casual wardrobe.

The flare leg and bell bottom jean are timeless looks that will never go out of style. The carefree dresses and patterns are also very popular and have changed and gained in popularity. We still see colorful fabric and beautiful embellishments in our clothing today.

There is even a “haute hippie” movement that brings more modern coolness to the hippie aesthetic.

Yves Saint Laurent’s style was very unique and had amazing style. He created masterpieces from fabric, his pop art and Van Gogh designs were like nothing anyone had ever seen. Le Smoking was the most awesome take on an androgynous suit. Simply fantastic.

His collections were misunderstood at times with tradionalists not understanding the collections and younger people thinking he was ripping off kid’s street gear, they also complained about how expensive his clothing was. I really think when it comes to influential style, street style is an obtainable part of fashion everyone can relate to in their own way.

Monday, November 8, 2010


  Initially women began wearing suits to show independance and to show individual style. Over time the power suit has meant different things to different women, in the 80's however the suit itself began to make a strong statement of empowerment and confidence for women in the workforce.  "The power suit is akin to armor, outfitting a woman to do battle in a predominantly male world."  Women still like sharp shoulders and a body fitting silhouette.  Not TOO Racy and tight fitting, but just enough to show the form of the figure. 1940 -  National Coat and Suit Industry


1950 - Christian Dior


1960 - Victoria and Albert Museum (No Designer Listed)


1970 - Yves Saint Laurent


1980 - Anne Klein

I can truly say I love the idea of a skirt suit, it makes a women feel feminine yet pwerful.  The powersuit is a staple of the business women's wardrobe.  It has changed some, however it is still has the same respect commanding affect.