The High & Low End of The Spectrum
In 2012, we started to recognize a fashion shift between the brands we wore and how we wore them. For the first time fashion forward celebrities, like Pharrell Williams, A$AP Rocky and Travis Scott were seen wearing street-wear mixed with high-end fashion labels. No longer were people wearing Gucci with Tom Ford instead, these brands were intertwined with street-wear labels like Supreme, Bape, and Fear of God creating a perplexed balance. Dressing head-to-toe in designer street-wear helped bridge the gap to create a more unique look that couldn’t have been done by just high-end alone. If you don’t believe us, check out the streets in Paris and New York during fashion week. The collision of street-wear and menswear is clearly evident with young taste makers and the elder statesman of fashion.
Streetwear’s Influence On Contemporary Fashion
This last one is always open for debate when it comes to who influences whom. While street-wear has had its moments of using influence from high-fashion on graphic tee’s to hoodies, traditional luxury brands have also incorporated elements from street-wear that hasn’t gone unnoticed. Brands like Alexander Wang and Raf Simmons have all been inspired from street-wear that has been incorporated in their collections and have gotten a heavy co-sign from A$AP Rocky who helped the brands become household names in hip-hop. So to answer the question, there’s no telling who initially inspired who but we do know that both street-wear and high-fashion serve a major purpose when it comes to fashion on both ends. As more young designers become creative directors like and head designers for these prestigious fashion houses we won’t be surprised to see more inspiration from street-wear heading down the runways.
Street-wear is changing and evolving from the traditional graphic tees we once knew. As more collaboration continues to push the boundaries, how far will street-wear push until it ultimately reaches its peak? Or has it proven that it’s pretty much here to stay? I think it’s safe to say that your guess is good as ours. But feel free to leave your comments and give us your feedback.