WHAT IS STREET STYLE ANYWAY?
Monday already? I was not quite ready for you. Yesterday, I had one of those days where I found myself blog hopping for far longer than I ought to on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. You know, those moments when you sit down at your computer to answer a few emails and check your facebook, and then find yourself three hours later forgetting the reason you sat down at all…..but thoroughly caught up on everyone else’s lives. Ya, it was one of those days. Most of the time I scold myself for
moments hours like this, but yesterday I stumbled upon some posts that got me thinking. I am really speaking of this one by The Man Repeller where she talks about the purity of street style and what it’s become today.
Once upon a time, fashion blogs were all I was interested in. For me, my love for fashion came even before my love for art. I have always had a love for street style photography and have been long inspired by photographers like Tommy Ton & Scott Schuman. But over the last year or so I have found myself somewhat disinterested in some of the fashion blogs I so religiously used to read. Keeping up with the latest and greatest in the fashion industry began to feel draining, and unfulfilling. Maybe it’s just the place I am in life….no longer with a job that requires me to keep up with the hottest trends and spending the greater portion of my day changing diapers and keeping a child alive. (a job I do in fact love). It’s no secret that my style posts have dwindled. But it’s funny how that transition occurred. Don’t get me wrong, I still love fashion for it’s artistic value, creativity, and self expression…and I will still blog about my personal style for those reasons, but it does feel different somehow. And it’s clear that the industry is different now too. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been loosely following the happenings at NY & London Fashion Week (mostly through the bloggers I follow on instagram). It’s ironic that street style (with the purist of beginnings) is essentially becoming an industry itself, through blogger/brand collaborations and other marketing ploys. And that “the pouring in and pouring out of show-goers pre and post shows have arguably become more entertaining than the shows themselves.” All posing and vying for those camera clicks. Seems a little backwards doesn’t it? I guess the point is to love fashion for the emotion it evokes and how it makes us feel, not for the fame or recognition. Speaking of evoking emotion….did you happen to see the Spring 2013 RTW collection by 3.1 Phillip Lim?! I am such a fan.
What are your thoughts on the evolution of street style?