Paris and London may have two very different aesthetics – while one is known for its rich history and quality haute couture garments, the other thrives in its rebellious fashion rooted in subcultural movements – one thing brings them together: Fashion Week street style. Honing in on an array of international styles and designers, street style really pops off during Fashion Week time, whether actually attending or just posing in front of the paparazzi for a good old Instagram post.
Fashion Week always guarantees two things: polarising collections and celebrities. While the use of celebrity appearances during shows may be a relatively new concept, the industry has always been obsessed with anyone with a significant audience and influence. This season, Tyga became the celebrity to spot, often donning darker outfits made up of an oversized hoodie and smart jacket. Even if you didn’t have your eyes on him, we know Avril did. One famous person who always makes an impression during this highly anticipated week is Tommy Cash, this year behind spotted dressed literally ready to go to bed – pillows and all – as well as impersonating Anna Wintour. Truly iconic, Tommy.
While the high-fashion likes of Chanel are showing in Paris or Burberry in London, street style can at the same time highlight the grand fashion of these shows whilst also creating a more relaxed fit with streetwear inspired pieces. A thrifted hoodie and jeans with a £2,000 Bottega bag is the norm. One of our favourite looks this season consisted of a long, subtly frilly red skirt matched with a red hoodie that reads “Wrong” on its front, tapping into that half-dressed up half-dress down combination.
If there’s one item you should never go out without – or at least never get photographed without – during Fashion Week, it’s a handbag. A staple to an outfit, a luxury handbag has the ability to elevate an entire look from “I’m just a cool person on the street” to “I’m actually attending front row”. A key brand this season was Louis Vuitton, with all sorts of monogram bags being snapped away. The classic LV trunk was seen, of course, while others decided to venture out of the classic look, notably with the Paint Can Bag, straight from the FW22 runway.
Details are everything when it comes to London and Paris street style. From the nails to the shoes, everything is either coordinated or purposefully clashing. One detail that became apparent this season was hair – from dying it red, matching the vibrant warm orange tone of a JW Anderson crewneck hoodie, to cutting blunt bangs and blunter bang edges all dyed in a green colour. If there’s a time and a place to experiment with bold cuts and funky colours, it’s the streets during Fashion Week. Even if it’s not the right time to colour it, at least make it big and long and fun like Coi Leray.
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