Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Street Trends


A person who participated in a social movement of the 1950s and early 1960s which stressed artistic self-expression and the rejection of the mores of conventional society. Usually a young and artistic person who rejects the mores of conventional society. 

Beatniks on the bank of the Seine in Paris, France from Life magazine 1963

Lauren Conrad -  Fall 2008 RTW

Gianni Versace -  Fall 2007 RTW


Disco is a genre of dance music that had its roots in clubs that catered to African American, psychedelic and other communities in New York City and Philadelphia during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Disco was a reaction primarily among New York City gays against both the domination of rock music and the demonetization of dance music by the counterculture during this period.

"Disco Fashion" by Chet King

ChloĆ© - Fall 2000 RTW

Diane von Furstenberg - Spring 2001 RTW

Hip Hop

Hip-hop fashion is a distinctive style of dress originating with African-American youth on the scene of Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, The San Francisco Bay Area, Detroit, Atlanta and Miami among others. Each city contributed various elements to its overall style seen worldwide today. Hip hop fashion complements the expressions and attitudes of hip hop culture in general. Hip hop fashion has changed significantly during its history, and today it is a prominent part of popular fashion as a whole across the world and for all ethnicities.

Jay Z

William Rast - Spring 2009 RTW

Kanye West Clothing Line - 2009


The hippie subculture was originally a youth movement that began in the United States during the early 1960s and spread around the world. The word hippie derives from hipster, and was initially used to describe beatniks who had moved into San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district. These people inherited the countercultural values of the Beat Generation, created their own communities, listened to psychedelic rock, embraced the sexual revolution, and used drugs such as marijuana and LSD to explore alternative states of consciousness.

Woodstock 1969

Dries Van Noten - spring 2008 RTW

Gucci - 2007 Cruise Wear


Mod is a subculture that originated in London, England in the late 1950s and peaked in the early to mid 1960s. Significant elements of the mod subculture include: fashion, pop music, including African American soul, Jamaican ska, and British beat music and R&B; and Italian motor scooters. The original mod scene was also associated with amphetamine-fuelled all-night dancing at clubs. 

Twiggy - 1968

Saint Augustine Academy - Spring/Summer 2009/2010

Paco  Rabanne - Spring 2006  


The punk subculture is a subculture based around punk rock. It includes music, ideologies, fashion, visual art, dance, literature and film. The punk scene is composed of an assortment of smaller factions that distinguish themselves from one another through unique variations. Several of these factions have developed out of punk to become subcultures in their own right.

SidVicious - Paris1978

Buddhist Punk - Spring 2005 RTW

Mulberry - 2009 RTW

Teddy Boys

Wearing oversized draped jackets and quiffed hair, they emulate the Teddy boy fashion of the 1950s Breaking from convention, teenage youths embraced the casual and affordable American-influenced style and culture.

Boys smoking, Portland Road - 1956

Jens Laugesen - Fall 2008 RTW

Topshop Unique - spring 2009 RTW

 Zoot Suit
The zoot suit, popularized by African-American and Mexican-American teens during the late 1930s and early 1940s, didn’t look like your average workday attire. It had broad shoulders, a tapered waist, and baggy pants that ended in neat, pegged cuffs. The excess fabric and tailoring made it a defiant luxury item – a sign that the wearer wasn’t affected by Depression-era poverty or World War II fabric rationing.

Zoot suit - 1942

John Galliano - Spring 2002 RTW

Dior Homme - Fall 2008 Men’s Collection


Lindsay Lohan - Hollywood

Balenciaga - Spring 2007 RTW

Elise Overland - Fall 2009 RTW

Over The Knee Boots

"Gossip Girl" - 2009

Stella McCartney - Fall 2005 RTW

Givenchy - Spring 2009