Op-Ed: How Street Style is Changing The Face of Modern Menswear

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Op-Ed: How Street Style is Changing The Face of Modern Menswear

Whether You Like It or Not, It's Happening

The evolution of street-wear is very similar to the rise of hip-hop. Both represent a cultural movement that carries an impact way beyond their humble beginnings. With the recent announcement of Louis Vuitton collaborating with Supreme on a capsule collection that ranges from box logo tees to messenger bags to the iconic Louis Vuitton trunk, is it safe to say that street-wear has become the new luxury? Maybe, it’s too early to decide, but one can’t deny the global impact street-wear has played on fashion all together. To gain a better understanding, we broke down three ways in which street-wear is having a major impact on fashion currently.

For centuries, fashion week has been reserved for the influential fashion houses to showcase their latest ready-to-wear collections to the public. Not sparing any expenses, these brands spend advertising budgets on campaigns, movie placements and even luxurious billboards to build awareness on their latest collections.

Even though street-wear attracts a similar dedicated following, street-wear collections were usually reserved for the fashion blogs and short editorials if features about it ever made it to print.  But now with fashion week opening the door for more diverse designers for the first time, we are seeing street-wear labels gracing the runway. And while Supreme may have been the most recognizable street-wear brand to hit the runway as of late, brands like Public School, Off White and Hood By Air all have hit the fashion stage to show off their latest collections.

As we continue to transition into 2017, can fashion shows be the next move for street-wear brands to showcase their collections? Only time can tell, but with brands like Yeezy renting out stadiums and holding fashion shows outside, we can only see this trend become more dominant and promising.

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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.

Tony Logan

My name is Tony Logan and I enjoy long walks in the park and muffins. But seriously I love muffins. I enjoy fashion, I'm a fashion designer and creative director behind "Tonys Thrift" and I enjoy blogging in my free time!

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Tony Logan

My name is Tony Logan and I enjoy long walks in the park and muffins. But seriously I love muffins. I enjoy fashion, I'm a fashion designer and creative director behind "Tonys Thrift" and I enjoy blogging in my free time!

All stories by:Tony Logan