It was a season of focused study of streetwear, extraordinary daywear and gritty glamor. Think pairing your mom’s tweed coat with a pair of ripped denim shorts, or wearing a varsity bomber jacket over a pleated metallic skirt, or pairing a romantic lace blouse with trusty old jeans. It seems that the trend in the future is to go with whatever you want: to mix the sublime and the ridiculous, the mundane with the avant-garde, or combine them all together. In other words, dressing up in luxury with lazy comfort pieces thrown in seems to be the winning formula at a time when the virus has once again pushed us in.
Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri set the blueprint for this phenomenon when she contrasted her couture mastery with swirls of sportswear at the release of the Resort 2022 brand in Athens last year. Part sporting symbolism and part Greek mythology: pleated goddess dresses were paired with trainers and crisp white shirts were worn nonchalantly with harnesses. He doesn’t want the only one, though.
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The notes of Hedi Slimane’s show in Celine’s line-up for fall 2021, which read “utopian fashion show and melancholy daydream of interrupted young people”, also indicated the growing affection for glam street-style. The show included a layered camel coat over a hoodie, an asymmetrical cropped top and jeans paired with a herringbone jacket and a camouflage-print puffer jacket paired with a midi dress. Valentino’s designer Pierpaolo Piccioli also sang the same tune at the Resort 2022 fashion show, with the look of a feathered sweatshirt worn with shorts and trainers, a finely embroidered broderie anglaise shirt worn with tailored trousers, lace-up sneakers and a hat. bucket. Basically, daytime couture is served with quirky flourishes. Also at home, Sher Bagh, a recent collaborative effort between the Raw Mango label and co-founder of the luxury hotel chain Sujan Anjali Singh, was a collection of garments and fabrics paired with safari hats, in favor of conservation wildlife and harmonious coexistence between man and nature.
It’s all about you
One of the reasons for the growing popularity of glam street style is that it allows people to express themselves better. Furthermore, the pandemic has made us realize that even in comfort we can incorporate luxury. As designer Hemant Sagar of the Genes Lecoanet Hemant label states, modern choices in clothing are driven by individuality. “And that expression can be multilayered and echo different styles. Street-style elements are a great canvas for doing just that. Monochromatic graphics, luxurious prints and embellishments, elevated fabrics. They all work very well with the DNA of the street, ”he says. “We too have always been inspired to explore street style but with a difference, like the panoramic views of the snow capped mountains on the bomber jackets and the colorful Brasso print on a cool tee that brings a sense of whimsy.”
The new Gossip Girl the series may have elicited a mixed response, but it was hard to overlook its overall style, which was sporty, casual, and edgy compared to the elegant and resolute aesthetic of the original.
Designer Nainika Karan of the Gauri and Nainika label notes that brands across the board have stayed true to their core DNA, giving it a fun and casual street feel. “The pandemic has changed the general approach to dressing. Even though sporting activity has been huge over the past five years, people are now looking forward to comfort-oriented clothing. That’s why you see unrepentant glam versions of track pants and sneakers on shelves and in lookbooks. Couture today presents itself with a touch of chic comfort and a sporty touch, “says the designer, who recently presented tulle dresses with biker boots.
“I wore my dresses with platform sneakers. I could dance all night, because they were super comfortable. Also, people got tired of the singular idea of evening glamor. There is a constant need to reinvent, which could be in the form of inculcating street influences or sportswear, ”he adds.
Glitz and glamor
Designer Gautam Gupta of the Asha Gautam label believes that the street style trend works simply because it breaks trends.
“Accepting your individuality also makes your choices more comfortable and lately that realization has increased. And this I think has brought street style more into the mainstream. Glam and shine are making their way into people’s wardrobes, much more than sequins and glitter, providing bright vibes and a lot of comfort. The t-shirts and graphic quotes are a projection of the noisy mindset that people are adjusting to after a long silence (due to the pandemic), “he explains.” Everyone wants to make the most of their life now, especially with all these new features from Omicron now. The mentality is to make every day bigger than life. ”.
A perfect glam street style look, according to Gupta, is a high-necked top with graphics, along with baggy jeans and a jacket. Or, a printed crop top over a pleated skirt paired with a sneaker or boots.
A trendy car coat could be an interesting choice even for mild weather, suggests designer Prereeti Jaiin Nainutia of the Nirmooha label. “The monochromatic metallic trench coat can be paired with a straight solid color maxi dress for a striking streetwear shine.”
Clearly, no rule is the new rule as long as you can make it work. The boundaries between daywear and nightwear, street and couture, spring / summer and autumn / winter have blurred, creating a chic utopia of individualist style.
Manish Mishra is a fashion journalist and content creator.
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