No trend is the new fashion trend

No trend is the new fashion trend

It’s been a season of focused study of streetwear, extraordinary daywear and rugged glamour. Think of pairing your mom’s tweed coat with ripped jeans, or a varsity bomber over a pleated metal skirt, or a romantic lace blouse with old-fashioned jeans. It seems that the trend for the future is to follow what you want: mix the sublime and ridiculous, the everyday with avant-garde, or combine them all. In other words, luxury dressing with lazy comfort pieces seems to be the winning formula at a time when the virus has once again pushed us inside.

Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri set the tone for this phenomenon when she clashed her couture craft with floral activewear at the label’s Resort 2022 outing in Athens last year. Part sporty symbolism and part Greek mythology – pleated goddess dresses were paired with athletic shoes and crisp white shirts were worn casually with harnesses. However, she doesn’t want to be alone.

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Hedi Slimane’s show notes in Celine’s fall 2021 lineup, which read “utopian parade and melancholy daydream of punctuated youth,” also hinted at the growing penchant for street style glamor. The recorded show looks like a camel coat layered over a hoodie, an asymmetric crop top and jeans combo with a herringbone jacket and a camo print puffer paired with a midi dress. Designer Pierpaolo Piccioli at Valentino sang the same tune at the Resort 2022 show, with looks like a feathered sweatshirt worn with shorts and trainers, intricately embroidered broderie anglaise shirt worn with fitted trousers, lace-up shoes and a bucket hat. In short, daytime couture served with eccentric flourishes. Even at home, Sher Bagh, a recent collaboration between the Raw Mango label and the co-founder of the luxury hotel chain Sujan, Anjali Singh, had a collection of clothing and textiles styled with safari caps, advocating conservation and harmonious coexistence between humans and nature.

It’s all about you

One reason for the growing popularity of street style glamor is that it allows people to express themselves better. Moreover, the pandemic has made us realize that we can integrate luxury even in comfort. As designer Hemant Sagar of label Genes Lecoanet Hemant puts it: modern clothing choices are guided by individuality. “And that expression can be multi-layered and reflect different styles. Street style elements are a great canvas for doing just that. Monochromatic images, luxurious prints and embellishments, lofty fabrics. They all work very well with the street DNA,” he says. “We too have always been inspired to explore street style, but with a difference, like the panoramic view of snowy mountains on bomber jackets and the colorful Brasso print on a crisp shirt that gives a sense of whimsy.”

The new Gossip Girl series may have elicited a mixed response, but it was hard to overlook the overall styling, which was sporty, casual, and edgy compared to the dressed-up, determinedly beautiful aesthetic of the original.

Designer Nainika Karan of label Gauri and Nainika notes that brands across the board have stuck to their core DNA, while giving it a fun and casual street touch. “Pandemic has changed the overall approach to dressing. While athleisure has been huge over the past five years, people now crave comfortable clothing. That’s why you see unashamedly glam versions of sweatpants and sneakers on the racks and in lookbooks. Couture is presented today with a touch of comfort chic and a sporty touch,” says the designer, who recently presented tulle dresses with motorcycle boots.

“I wore my own dresses with platform sneakers. I could dance all night because they were super comfortable. Besides, people are tired of the unique idea of ​​​​evening glamour. There is a constant need to reinvent what can be in the form of imprinting street influences or activewear,” she adds.

The glitz and glamour

Designer Gautam Gupta from label Asha Gautam believes the street style trend works simply because it breaks trends.

“The acceptance of one’s individuality also makes one more comfortable in their choices and lately that awareness has increased. And this I think has brought the street style more into the mainstream. The glamor and shine makes room for itself in people’s wardrobe, much more than sequins and glitter, bringing enlightened vibes and great comfort. The graphic tees and quotes are a projection of the loud mentality people are adapting to after a long silence (due to the pandemic),” he explains. “Everyone now wants to make the most of their lives, especially with all this news from Omicron now. The mindset is about making every day bigger than life.”.

A perfect street-style glam look, according to Gupta, is a graphic turtleneck sweater, along with loose-fitting jeans and a jacket. Or a crop top with a print over a pleated skirt in combination with a sneaker or boots.

An eye-catching car jacket can also be a cool choice for layering in bad weather, suggests designer Prerreeti Jaiin Nainutia of label Nirmooha. “The monochrome metallic trench coat can be teamed with a straight plain maxi dress for a striking streetwear shine.”

Obviously, no rule is the new rule, as long as you can make it work. The defining lines between daywear and nightwear, street and couture, spring/summer and autumn/winter have been blurred, creating a chic utopia of individualistic styling.

Manish Mishra is a fashion journalist and content creator.

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