Street Style Feels.

One of the greatest parts of cities that have established or evolving fashion scenes doesn’t only consist of the amazing fashion parties, runway shows and endless art filled events.. What about the people that attend them? After studying street style fashion from London’s Spring ’18 Menswear Shows and Pitti Uomo in Florence, I fell in love with the notion of street style all over again. What is street style? Self expression and identity displayed unapologetically. That’s my definition. A sense of style that is never created within design studios, but from the grassroots of the streets and the youth. Often times, we feel we are obligated to mirror a particular trend or celebrity’s sense of style… But, why? Is it because this is all that we see on social media, in magazines, and within society? Probably so. Looking through this collection of photographs, everyone seems to be within their own realm- within their own lane. It seems as if each person woke up that morning and decided to actually express themselves through their clothing- like they decided to defy society’s stencil of what they should look like.

Looking through photos of unique people in places that are far, far away from me- I’ve noticed something. Living in Cincinnati, a budding city with a ton of creative potential, I often see little to no individuality. There are a handful of creatives trying to work towards something here, something that will build a fashion scene- but it’s difficult because the masses don’t support individuality. As we are trained to remain conservative and repetitive in the careers we choose, the lives we live and the way that we look- Does this just become the cycle?

What is it going to take to gain more individuals who are comfortable in their own skin? Setting their own trends? Creating their own looks through research, fashion inspiration and more?

I guess I’m tired of seeing us all look alike and act alike. It’s like a city of robots.

But, who will break the cycle?

I think the lack of creativity blooms into a bigger picture that fashion- it grows into how we actually feel about ourselves, how we hold ourselves accountable within society, and how we lack positive change.

Unlike New York City or Los Angeles, Cincinnati is not necessarily a fashion capital of the world. So, we aren’t often handed the opportunities that creatives are given within those fashion capitals of the world. We have to work for them, build them. We have to start somewhere. But, us all looking alike and doing the same things won’t change that or open our eyes.

We have something thriving here, but we need to be different to impact the world.

I think we have a culture too.

We just haven’t tapped into it yet.

Street Style Feels.

Gucci Resort 2018

Pulling inspiration from Ancient Classical periods in history, Alessandro Michele revealed another collection under Gucci where his extravagance can be appreciated. Weaving in classical elements with pieces of history from the 60s, 70s and the Renaissance happens to be the key successor of this collection. We saw an array of colors that were derived from royal palettes, consisting of rich purples, golden hues, canary yellows, royal reds and nautical blues. After reviewing the collection, I saw a fusion of cultures and time periods in every look- which added fascination and stimulation for any fashion lover like myself. The accessories made each look- adding excessiveness to the embroidered, bedazzled and woven pieces throughout. Michele added heavy elegance through the outerwear pieces within the collection- featuring fur chubbies, elongated bomber jackets, silk blazers and woven cardigans. We saw the consistent fusion that Gucci continuously brings- nerdy meets elegance, trends meet classics, and children meet adulthood. Pulling inspiration from various cultures, ethnic backgrounds, previous designers, and meaningful time periods- Gucci outdoes itself all over again. Signing off.
-SM

Gucci Resort 2018

Valentino Resort 2018

With a continuous exploration of various cultures and ethnic backgrounds, Valentino has managed to dive into one that is beloved by the majority of Americans; Hip Hop. After falling in love with Netflix Series, The Get Down, Valentino’s creative director, Piccioli took a jab at bringing pieces from the series to life. Transitioning from high end to everyday, Piccioli was able to create pieces with inspiration pulled from the streets of New York City. Putting a luxurious twist on the tracksuit, Piccioli utilized hammered silks in hues of emerald green, flamingo pink and ruby red. He added to the mix by creating lengthy track dresses that featured zippers and piping, adding to the sporty theme. There were small focuses on army fatigue and bleached and washed denim. There were deep remnants of embroidery and small touches of patchwork. All elements met in harmony on the runway, taking the audience on a journey that connected the past with the future in a thrilling way. There is beauty in the exploration of culture, through the eyes of fashion and design… We just have to dig deeper. Signing off.

 

-SM

Valentino Resort 2018

T by Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang has found a rare way to incorporate your everyday sweatsuit into the workplace through clever design and precise cuts. Keeping it chic and cool, Wang has orchestrated a pivotal moment for women who want to hone in on comfort and luxury at the same time. Fusing reinvented button downs with classic cigarette slacks seems to be a reoccurring theme that brings a sense of sophistication and a hint of androgyny. Holding steadfast to a strong color palette consisting of Kelly green, crisp whites, cool grey’s and sharp black’s- Wang kept the vibe professional and straightforward. I can appreciate the styling aspect that showcases the pieces and the range they are able to hold in a woman’s wardrobe. From dressing skirts down with flat boots to pairing wide legged pant with open-toed sandals, the styling precisely enables women to have a magnitude of choices with each piece. Knock offs are probably already being created to replicate Wang’s vision, and I can see why. Signing off.

-SM


T by Alexander Wang

Saint Laurent Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Bringing ultra luxe elements to everyday classics in a woman’s closet, Yves Saint Laurent is revisiting the old while recreating the new. Pulling in new takes on dated design techniques, Vaccarello added nostalgia and rawness to original design concepts. Thick leathers were draped to create evening cocktail dresses, mesh was used to create bust lines, gems bedazzled the shapeless evening gowns, and velvet dominated. Ruching was at an all-time high throughout the collection and was used as a detail with toole, leather and PVC.

All of the fashion lovers gawked at the multi-faceted evening pieces that served serious 80s realness. The collection expressed that there are no limits within fashion and that women can be killer in just about anything. A woman wearing anything from this collection happens to be someone with MAJOR confidence, sense of style and sex appeal. The rhinestone calf boots were a site for sore eyes- an accessory that seals the deal to ANY look without question. I definitely need those in my life. Signing off.

-SM

 

Saint Laurent Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Max Mara Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Developing a collection based on a brand’s love for fashion is one thing… But, developing a collection with the understanding that fashion can be used as a political tool is another. Max Mara stunned with their new collection, which featured pieces that reflected the working woman. Featuring heavy tailoring, loose fitting trousers, and power suiting- the brand stays true to its roots. The beauty in the collection resides in the translation that women are working extremely hard too! We are seeing women come together across the globe to create businesses, develop corporations and more. So, this collection defines how women are able to thrive in a working culture while bringing a professional edge with their look. The collection features the richest color palette of Ruby Red, Cunning Camel and Gunmetal Grey. The outerwear pieces reigned supreme, showcasing how oversized is the best move this fall. Strutting down the runway in teddy bear fur jackets, power shouldered trench coats, and double breasted blazers- models remained nonchalant and cool. Women are able to dress the part, whole remaining feminine at the same time. We see high waist trousers, mid-length skirts, soft turtleneck sweaters and even sheer turtlenecks. Models were from all walks of life, but one stopped the show- Halim Aden. She’s been breaking the internet due to competing for Miss USA, walking in Yeezy’s latest show and now Max Mara- All in her hijab. Talk about a message. Women are the future. Not just one particular kind. Signing off.

-SM

Max Mara Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Yeezy 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Yeezy did it for the fans, he did it for the street walkers. Bringing street style to the forefront, Yeezy made an effort to pull his artistry to the looks that his followers have been sporting for years. Through a mixture of denim jumpsuits, oversized hoodies, camouflage parkas, and a few replicas of your dad’s favorite jacket, West was able to speak directly to the streets. 

Pieces resembled looks that thrifters and hipsters have always created. Jeans were tucked into knee high boots, full length coats dripped as layering pieces, and tops were bunched into high waist pants. With the use of his star power, Kanye has an unlikely advantage over other designers that hasn’t reached its fullest potential. Through his inspiration from his own personal style and the style of his fans, West defintely seems to be moving in the right direction to face a spike in sales overall. 

The people want every day looks and Yeezy gave them just that. Considering the fact that West didn’t do a walk through after the show was complete, I’d say that he is definitely taking a backseat with the antics and he’s allowing the work to speak for itself. Great move. Signing off.

-SM

Yeezy 2017 Ready-to-Wear