Wednesday, April 29, 2009


PART 1 and PART 2

There are 8 basic street trends . These include:
1) Zoot Suits
2) Beatniks
3) Teddy Boys / Girls
4) Mods
5) Hippies
6) Punks
7) Disco
8) Hip-Hop

Let me explain all these with an image for each.


Zoot Suits were popular in the 1930s and 1940s. They were popular among the youths of Filipino Americans, Mexican Americans, African Americans and Italian Americans. These suits were characterized by baggy, wide trousers with tight cuffs, a long jacket with wide lapels and wide padded shoulders and a "Ducktail" hairstyle.

A picture of "Pachucos", Mexican American Youths, in 1934 in South-Western United States.

Edward James Olmos, Mexican American actor and director. This picture is from his movie "Zoot Suit (1981)".

...on the Runway

Pictures of collections of various designers from the Milan and Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2008.

This collection included flowy, baggy, Aladdin-style pants. Designers came up with this style because the fashion industry was too bored of skinny narrow tight fitted pants and wanted something new!

Designs from John Galliano's Spring 2002 Ready-to-wear collection

This collection showed inspirations of zoot suits with Mexican-blended shirts and suits, wide denims, snake skin jumpsuits and baggy pants.


Teddy boys subculture emerged in the 1950s in London. They were the first youth group in England to differentiate themselves as teenagers. The typical British Teddy Boy outfit includes young men wearing clothes inspired by the Edwardian Period styles. They are known for wearing long drape jackets, high-waisted drainpipe trousers, skinny ties, waistcoats, high-necked loose-collar shirts and brightly colored socks.

A group of Teddy Boys in Manchester, 1955

...on the Runway

Sinha-Stanic Spring 2009 Ready-to-wear collection

Their collection showed razor-sharp cuts which were inspired by the teddy girl look of the 1950s. These included cigarette pants, jackets with sharp lapels, high collared shirts and the sheath dress.

Charles Anastase London Fashion Week 2009

This was his 2nd time at the London Fashion Week. He found inspiration from his own youth and he created looks showing various subcultures such as teddy-boy, goth and punk. He wanted to show the youth culture with elements of today.

Topshop Unique Spring 2009 Collection.

This collection showed inspirations of the teddy-boy look with narrow pants, jumpsuits, excellent tailoring, high-necked shirts, jackets with wide lapels.

Armand Basi Fall/Winter 2009 collection

This Spanish brand has taken a very strong inspiration of the teddy boy look. They used silhouettes such as the Perfecto jackets with wide lapels and tight-fitted pants.

...An interesting think that I came across was that there is a store call "TEDDY BOY" in New York. Everything in the store including garments and the interior decor, is all Edwardian Era inspired.

The collections in this store are interesting too. The original drainpipe trousers are replaced by Tight black jeans. Waistcoats are paired with mis-matched blazers, Suspenders and the ever-stylish bowler hat! The store has brick walls and antique furniture. Interesting, isn't it?


This was a jazz-based, coffee-bar style that was created and popularized in the 1950s. A typical Beatnik stereotype is described as a person wearing black turtleneck sweaters and bongos, black berets and dark glasses and black tights along with ballets or flats. Their way of life seemed to be like dangerous fun.

A girl with a Beatnik style clothes in 1962.

...on the Runway

Collection designed by John Galliano for Christian Dior Fall 2009 runway.

John Galliano was inspired by the all-black look of the beatniks with high necked jackets and headgear.

Karl Lagerfeld Spring/Summer 2009 collection

Karl was inspired by the black look too. He used black high - collared shirts, black tights, black belts and black footwear. The cuts were sharp and defined.

Kate Moss(left) and Sienna Miller(right) in a Beatnik look.


Male mods were young, well-dressed, rich boys, whose style is the so-called 'clean' look. This was a style of the 1960s, originated in London. This style was originally known to be a well-tailored suit which fit close to the body. They were known to have a sophisticated look with Italian suits with narrow lapels, thin tie, button-down collar shirts, pointed-toe leather shoes and Edwardian long jackets. This style was adopted by the Beatles, The jam and The Kinks. For female mods, the style included short haircuts, men's shirts and trousers, flat shoes, short skirts and dresses too.

The Beatles in 1960s

The Jam (left) and The Kinks (right)

A picture of female mods dressed in various outfits in 1962

...on the Runway

Rag & Bone Spring 2009 Men's Collection

This outfit showed Mod-style inspiration by the use of long jacket, cropped pants, a tie, a school-boy proportioned suit.

Picture of Menswear by Neil Barrett's 2009 collection, which shows a mod-inspired suit with a long Edwardian jacket.

Cynthia Steffe's Spring 2008 Ready-to-wear collection

This collection showed bright spring colors along with neutral mod-style colors and blocks. Geometric shapes and prints of 1960s mods, were used.

Eley Kishimoto's Fall/Winter 2009 collection which showed the above dress with mod-inspired patterns and silhouette.


Punk fashion was typically clothing that included ripped-off garments held together by pins, ordinary garments were embellished with paints or markers. Leather, Rubber and Vinyl were the highly used fabrics. Rocker jackets were also worn mostly by the rock bands and also by common people. Punk fashion showed high use of hairstyles, body tattoos and piercings and jewelery.

Nancy Spungen, Epitome of punk female fashion, 1976.

Early Finnish Punk rock band called LAMA, 1980.

A picture of a cool dude with a punk hairstyle, 1981.

...on the Runway

Anna Sui's Spring 2008 collection.

This collection shows a punk-inspired look with the hairstyle, make-up, bracelets and the neck accessory.

L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani's Spring 2007 collection shows punk-inspired garments with the accessories, hairstyle and the colors used.


Hippie movement was a youth movement which began in the united states during the mid 1960s. Hippie clothing was very loose and made of natural fibers such as cotton and hemp. Men and women grew their hair long and did some styling, too. They wore peasant blouses and jeans. People would wear anything that is sewn whether knitted or woven. Gradually, they started dyeing their clothes and that is when the tie-dye became popular. A lot of granny dresses with tie-dye prints were worn. flowers were also used a lot. The headband also became popular among them.

Early Hippie group, San francisco, 1967

A picture of a common man during 1960s, the hippie era.

A hippie dressed in a tie-dye outfit.

...on the Runway

Anna Sui's Spring 2005 Ready-to-wear collection

She is one of the top designers for the teens. She is a favorite of the rock 'n' roll crowd. She used loose dresses with floral prints, pintucked blouses, skirts with embroidery, stylish cropped jackets and empire-waist tops with ribbons tied, to create the "hippie" look.

Gucci's Spring 2008 collection at Rome.

The collection showed garments with flowery prints and peppermint stripes. Long, flowy garments as well as skirts were shown in the collection.

Roberto Cavalli's Spring 2009 collection at Milan Fashion Week.

This collection showed sheer printed dresses with a combination of short dresses, pants, skirts and long dresses, to show the hippie influence.

Diane von Furstenberg's Spring 2009 collection showed hippie influenes, too with use of flowers as head gear and long sheer dresses with floral prints.


The disco style was originated in the 1970s. It was all about spandex, lycra and such stretch fabrics. It was also about revealing a lot of skin. This style was supposed to be a lot of fun. It was a chic and futuristic hippie style, as people those days would refer to. The garments were made of nylon and shining synthetic fabrics. Everything was flashy. Use of headbands had also come back as a hair accessory. Even business shirts and ties were made of shining material. The garments included bell-bottom pants, jumpsuits, hot pants and dresses. A lot of bstract prints were also used.

A picture of a couple dressed on a casual day for no special occassion during the 1970s. They were a.k.a. the Disco King and Queen.

...on the Runway

Betsey Johnson's Fall 2009 Ready-to-wear collection

She has used a lot of shining fabrics such as lycra and spandex. The garments also include mini skirts and short dresses which are the same as the 1970s disco style. I think she is one designer whose most collections reflect the disco style.

Disco-inspired look by Diane von Furstenberg in his Spring/Summer 2007 collection. He has used dark shades, a lot of abstract prints and dresses as his silhouettes which shows the disco style.

Smoke & Mirrors' 2008 collection during the Los Angeles Fashion Week.

The designers, Emily Brandle & Michelle Chaplin used the 70s disco queen inspiration for their collection. They gave a contemporary look to those silhouettes. They used a lot of abstract prints and skin revealing garments, too. They have given a school girl look with a disco charm to the garments.


Hip-hop fashion is a style of dressing which originated among the African Americans, Caribbean Americans and Latino Youth. This style was famous among rappers. Their clothing included silk shirts, double breasted suits, black bomber jackets with fur-trimmed hoods and alligator skin shoes. This style was a staple fashion of the mid-west. Women's clothing had taken over the bold and tough male fashios such as oversized jerseys, baggy jeans, sunglasses, boots, with little make-up. Accessories included heavy jewelry, rings, belts, large eyeglasses. Men's jewelry focused on gold chains and women's jewelry focused on gold earrings.

Busta Rhymes in hip-hop style loaded with heavy metal chains and huge rings, bracelets and dark sunglasses.

Eric B & Rakim's debut album "Paid in Full" in 1987.

...on the Runway

Dsquared Spring/Summer 2009 Menswear runway show during Milan Fashion Week.

This collection showed hip-hop inspiration with the use of gold chains, long socks, watch chains, huge glasses, old school hats and fitted suits.

Kimora Lee Simmons' Fall 2009 collection.

Kimora Lee Simmons is one of the best hip-hop designers. "Baby Phat" is her hip-hop clothing line for women. She shows hip hop influences by the use of a lot of metal jewelry, huge sunglasses and hip-hugging denims.

New Street Trends...

1) Denim-over-dress

One trend that I have spotted a lot these days is the use of denim jackets over dresses, espescially printed ones. This is paired with high boots.

...on the Runway

DKNY Spring 2009 Show. This outfit showed a denim jacket worn over a dress.

Charles Anastase Spring 2009 collection

Emporio Armani Fall 2008 collection

The look of the short cropped jacket-over-short dress, is a trend right now. This has been going on for a while now. It has just been started to be seen on the runway.

2) Denim Rompers & Jumpsuits

They have been seen quite a lot these days on streets as well as runways. Jumpsuits, in general, (not only denims) are quite often seen worn by people these days. I am specifying DENIM.

Celebrities in casual, yet trendy denim rompers

...on the Runway

Charlotte Ronson Spring 2009 collection

From Left: Topshop Unique, DKNY, Topshop Unique

From Left : Topshop Unique, Danielle Scutt, Gully Klassics

3) Rip-up

Ripped tights are a very recent trend. It is seen on many young girls these days. they pair these leggings with a skirt and boots and it looks awesome.

...on the Runway

The above 3 pictures are from Alexander Wang's Spring 2009 collection.

Rodarte's Spring 2009 collection featured very stylish ripped leggings.


I explained the 8 street trends with examples and also runway looks inspired by these street trends. There are many other new street trends such as harem pants (Aladdin pants), ripped denims. Denims are being used in all possible ways these days. They are the most trendy thing right now. I have only mentioned 2 trends of denims in detail.


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