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The Catwalk Effect: Decoding the Influence of Fashion Weeks on Street Style

Discover the captivating and symbiotic relationship between high-fashion runway events and the dynamic world of street style. Explore how fashion weeks inspire trends and shape the evolution of individual style.




Evolution of Street Style


Street style has revolutionized the fashion industry and social movements throughout the years. It is a specific fashion style that originated from British fashion culture and has been around since the 20th century. Its impact on fashion began around the end of World War II. Street style is fashion that is considered to have emerged not from studios, but from the grassroots. Street fashion is generally associated with youth culture, and is most often seen in major urban centers. Clothing and style have become important factors in social movements because of street style. In this article, we will delve into the impact of global fashion weeks on street style trends, with a particular focus on insights from industry experts available on Fashion Week.


Street style fashion has been on the radar for quite some time, but has gained sudden popularity in the fashion world in the last decade. Street style fashion was popularized through hip-hop, skateboarding, and of course social media platforms, which is therefore the reason behind the more eye-catching and graphic styles. Although not many are aware of what the term street style fashion is about, and the history behind it, the older generation have seen and lived in the change of style, which is still shocking for many. As in the last decade, fashion and style has evolved faster than ever. Baggy clothing, popularity of jeans with different style names, sneakers and big belts, have taken the minds of fashionista for a spin. Street style fashion had no impact until the end of the second world war. Despite this, it has existed and has always been a part of human culture.


Many icons have contributed to street style fashion with explorations. Back in the day, Christian Dior was the first fashion icon to introduce street style fashion for women. This launch took every woman off her feet, and onto the streets to flaunt what was new and fashionable. Youth culture has played a crucial role in street style. It has become an inspiration for big brands, as they once struggled to keep up with it. Street style is now recognized by major designers as high fashion. It took years for major luxury houses to create luxury streetwear. Street style, unlike other types of fashion, does not cover just one style of dressing, but it covers a broad spectrum of fashion approaches that intersect, and diverge from mainstream fashion thinking. It doesn’t follow current trends. By combining different styles and making them unique, street style enables individuals to flex multiple identities.



Fashion Weeks Impact on Street Style


Fashion weeks are not just about the runway; they also shape and redefine street style. The collections debuted on the catwalks help determine the top trends to come, but the fashionable crowd is just as (if not more) responsible for setting the sartorial tone for the season ahead. Fashion weeks held in different fashion capitals worldwide contribute to diverse street style trends. The street approach to style and fashion is often based on individualism, rather than focusing solely on current fashion trends.


Using street style methods, individuals demonstrate their multiple, negotiated identities, in addition to utilizing subcultural and intersecting styles or trends. This, in itself, is a performance, as it creates a space where identities can be explored through the act(ion) of dress. Street style is a viral, instant, addictive facet of fashion that has changed many of the ways in which fashion is made and consumed. Its fast characteristic links it also to the term consumerism. Given how styles change over time, it also challenges the use of fast fashion in relation to the purchasing and wearing of clothing, as this conceals the complexities of practice.


Fashion week trends and examples


Fashion week trends have resonated with street style enthusiasts, citing examples from recent seasons. Forty-six Fashion Week trends inspired by the street style scene were listed on Vogue. Some of the trends include:



The Plaid Midiskirt: Burberry check wool skirt.




The Biker Boot: Reformation Francesca moto boots.



Future of fashion week-inspired street style


The future of fashion week-inspired street style is constantly evolving. Street style has become a global phenomenon, and it is now recognized by major designers as high fashion. The street approach to style and fashion is often based on individualism, rather than focusing solely on current fashion trends. Using street style methods, individuals demonstrate their multiple, negotiated identities, in addition to utilizing subcultural and intersecting styles or trends. This, in itself, is a performance, as it creates a space where identities can be explored through the act(ion) of dress. Street style is a viral, instant, addictive facet of fashion that has changed many of the ways in which fashion is made and consumed. Its fast characteristic links it also to the term consumerism. Given how styles change over time, it also challenges the use of fast fashion in relation to the purchasing and wearing of clothing, as this conceals the complexities of practice. The future of fashion week-inspired street style will continue to evolve as fashion weeks held in different fashion capitals worldwide contribute to diverse street style trends.



The upcoming Moda Week International in New York in 2024 is a perfect opportunity to witness the intersection of runway fashion and street style firsthand. As the article highlights, fashion weeks are not just about the runway; they also shape and redefine street style. The collections debuted on the catwalks help determine the top trends to come, but the fashionable crowd is just as (if not more) responsible for setting the sartorial tone for the season ahead. Therefore, attending Moda Week International in New York in 2024 will provide an opportunity to witness the impact of fashion shows on street style and how they influence each other. It will be a chance to see how designers showcase new ideas through merchandise on live models and how street style enthusiasts interpret and adapt these ideas to their own personal style.





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