It’s been the season for a focused study of streetwear, extravagant daywear and gritty glamour. Think pairing your mom’s tweed coat with a pair of ripped denim shorts, or throw on a varsity bomber over a pleated metallic skirt, or clash a romantic lace blouse with old trusty jeans. It seems that the forward trend is to follow what you want: mix the lofty and ridiculous, the mundane with the avant-garde, or mix them all together. In other words, at a time when the virus has kicked us in once again, luxury dressing with pieces of lazy comfort seems to be the winning formula.
Maria Grazia Chiuri, Creative Director at Dior, set the blueprint for the event when she flaunted her couture craftsmanship with 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 trainers and crisp white shirts were worn with no harness. However, she is not alone.
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Heidi Slimane’s show notes in the Celine Fall 2021 line-up, which read “utopian parades and gloomy daydreams of youth disrupted,” also indicated a growing affection for street-style glam. The show features a camel coat over a hoodie, an asymmetrical crop top and jeans combo with a herringbone jacket, and a midi-length dress that resembles a camouflage print puffer. Designer Pierpaolo Piccioli in Valentino was also singing the same tune at the Resort 2022 show, featuring a feathered sweatshirt worn with shorts and trainers, tailored pants, lace-up sneakers and an embroidered brodri Anglese worn with a bucket hat. Looks like a shirt. Basically, daytime wear is served with eccentric flourishes. Even back home, Sher Bagh, a recent collaborative effort between Anjali Singh, co-founder of label Raw Mango and luxury hotel chain Suzanne, was a collection of clothing and textiles styled with safari caps, Which advocated for wildlife conservation and harmonious coexistence between man and nature.
it’s all about you
One of the reasons for the increasing popularity of street style glam is that it allows people to express themselves better. Also, the pandemic has made us realize that even in comfort we can add luxuries. As Hemant Sagar, the designer of the Jeans Leconet Hemant label, says, modern choices in clothing are guided by personality. “And that expression can be multi-layered and echo diverse styles. Street-style elements are a great canvas for doing this. Monochromatic graphics, luxurious prints and embellishments, high-end clothing. All work very well with Street DNA,” he says. “We, too, have always been inspired to explore street-style, but with one difference, like panoramic views of snow-capped mountains on a bomber jacket and a colorful Brasso print on a crisp shirt that brings out a sense of whimsy.”
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Gauri and Nainika Karan, the designer of the label Nainika, observed that brands across the board are sticking to their core DNA and giving it a fun and casual street touch. “The pandemic has changed the overall approach to dressing. Even though athleisure has been huge over the past five years, people are now itching for comfy running clothing. That’s why you see unapologetically glam versions of track pants and sneakers on racks and in lookbooks. The designer recently showcased tulle dresses with biker boots.
“I’ve worn my own gowns with trainers who have platform heels. I could dance all night, because they were so comfy. Besides, people are tired of the singular idea of evening glamour. There is a constant need for reinvestment, which could be in the form of street impact or activewear,” she adds.
glitz and glam
Designer Gautam Gupta of label Asha Gautam believes that the street-style trend works just because it breaks the trend.
“Acceptance of one’s personality also makes one more comfortable in one’s choices and lately this feeling has increased. And I think it has made street-style more mainstream. Glamor and shine in people’s wardrobes.” Making space for itself, more than just sequins and glitter, provides vigor and comfort. The graphic tees and quotes are a projection of people’s sharp mindset after a long silence (due to the pandemic),” he explains. Everyone wants to make the most of their life, especially now with all this news from Omicron. The mindset is to make each day bigger than life.”
A perfect street-style glam look, according to Gupta, is a turtleneck top with graphics paired with loose fit jeans and a jacket. Or, pair a printed crop top over a pleated skirt with sneakers or boots.
A statement car coat can be a cool layering pick for the nipple season as well, suggests designer Preeti Jain Nainutia of Nirmoha Label. “The monochrome metallic trench can be teamed with a plain maxi dress for an eye-catching streetwear glow.”
Clearly, no rule is a new rule as long as you can put it to work. The defined lines between daywear and sleepwear, street and couture, spring/summer and fall/winter have blurred, creating a chic utopia of individualistic style.
Manish Mishra is a fashion journalist and content creator.
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