Street-fashion has become quite the debate among those in the industry. Some feel it has ruined the business. Others feel it has globally catapulted awareness. At one point, fashion was dictated by an elite group at the top (designers, famous photographers, big brand publications). It was this group who told us what to wear, how to style our hair, what color make-up was right for us. This is no longer the case. Today, bloggers and basically anyone with a camera can create relevant and insightful content. They scout the streets to get images of people in their Sunday Best; People now getting dressed in hopes of being photographed (at times even paid by certain designers or beauty companies to get photographed). Whatever opinion you may have, street fashion is still eye candy for those of us who love style.
The women’s (fashion) market is still a few months away, but the men’s market just finished its run ending up in Paris. So, what did we see on the streets? On the runways? or both? It’s still too early to tell what trends will stay, and which will go, but here are some of our favorite street style looks from the Men’s Spring 2019 market.
Both on the runway and the streets, it looks like the 90s grunge, parted in the middle, mushroom haircut makes a comeback. As it was during its original run, there were many iterations of this haircut: from short to long. At Versace, acclaimed hairstylist, Guido Palau, kept things blunt and subtly slanted. The hollows of the cheeks were used as the guideline for the stopping point and finishing the look with a lengthened undercut. This style could be an easy grow-out for all the guys currently rocking the slicked back undercut, or by the more common (but controversial name), the “Nazi Cut.”
The flame graphic was seen on everything from bags to shoes. This ubiquitous graphic originally became popular during the Rockabilly days (back in the 50s). More recently, Thrasher (skate brand) uses the flame in their logo tee. Having moved from skater youth culture to sub culture, the tee now signifies a sort of rebellion, anarchy, and independence (perhaps a social reflection on today’s political climate). Our favorite iteration of the graphic is the flame nails seen on the female models at current “it brand”, Alyx.
In regards to color, it still seems popular and significant to embrace this bold hair trend. Every color of the rainbow was represented on the streets of Paris, London and Milan. Again, perhaps this bold statement is just a matter of standing out and looking cool, but we can’t help to wonder if it is all part of a bigger political message.
Other trends which were loved are transparency, big hoop earrings, small sunglasses, fanny packs slung across the chest, and sneakers with suits. Not every trend is suited for every body, but it’s fun to see the celebration of creativity and expression.
Of course, this is street style where the term “peacocking” is used. Dressing to these fashion events to be seen or to be photographed. Much of it for display, but much of it can be used for inspiration. Scrolling through the photo galleries is a great way to find inspiration for your own personal wardrobe or next hair style. A great visual source, le 21 eme, is a stunning archive of beautiful aesthetics from around the world. Ironically enough, he says le 21 me is not a streetwear blog.