Although trends are a phenomena seen worldwide, the way they are worn from continent to continent and city to city are incredibly different. Depending on socialization, climate, lifestyle and other cultural factors, they influence even the subtlest difference in styling.
Thanks to technology, the barriers have begun to be broken down. Apps like Instagram allows us to take a sneak peek into the life of a minimalistic, French girl or the laid back vibes of an Aussie babe. Street style photogs and bloggers across the globe capture what used to be exclusive moments to share with the fashion community no matter the location. You no longer have to be in one of the “fashion hubs” to make your mark on the world of fashion.
To exemplify this, I’ve taken one of my favorite trends for fall 2017, velvet, and utilized my resources to search how fashionistas worldwide are making this trend their own.
Since coming to New York, it is clear of the definitive style of a New Yorker. They’re not afraid to take risks, make a trend their own, or just simply rock a head-to-toe all black look. Now, I’m no street style photographer, but it is more clear than ever the influence that has “trickled up” from the streets. Trickle up is an industry term that means exactly what it sounds like; inspiration from the streets trickles up the “level of prestige” to the coveted runways. Regardless of your personal style, there is always something that can be learned from the streets whether it’s a new styling trick or way to recycle an old item.
I spent the day exploring Soho to find the ultimate NYC street style inspiration. Soho is one of my favorite parts of New York City. The buildings are colored with muted neutrals, brick roads, adorable cafes line the streets and every type of retailer from Fendi to All Saints and Supreme. Of course, this is the perfect recipe to attract some of the most stylishly interesting New Yorkers.
One of my favorite trends I’ve discovered since coming to New York City has been the mix of high and low fashion. New Yorkers have no problem wearing a beautifully contrasted designer coat with their favorite pair of sneakers. This look is comfortable, accessible yet so chic. I must admit, I have never been one for athleisure, but these New Yorkers have mastered the art of street chic to completely change my mind.
I am also loving the creativity in denim that has been just about everywhere nowadays. Whether it’s embroidery from Gucci, iron-on patches from Etsy or frayed edges, there is no longer such thing as plain denim. It has turn a staple item into something unique and personalized. We’ve finally moved out of the mind set to look like everyone else and have acquired the desire to stand out.
Don’t get me wrong, I love looking at the extravagant style of celebrities during festival season. I’m not an expert on every music festival; but from my experience at Lollapalooza, I don’t think I could last one show in half of their outfits. Celebrities are always seen sporting eccentric high waisted pants, layers upon layers, and heavy fabrics like leather or suede. Somehow Lollapalooza always ends up being the hottest day of the year or has sporadic rain storms that turn the ground into massive mud pits. As much as I love fashion, festivals are also a time to remember practicality.
Here’s my list of must-haves:
1. Cool Sunglasses
2. Closed Toe Shoes
4. Sun Dress
5. Comfortable Shorts
With media playing such a huge factor in fashion nowadays, some of the most inspiring style icons are celebrities. We see their daring style choices on the red carpet, fashion events, magazines, TV, etc. I love watching to see what my favorite style icons are going to wear next! Therefore, I decided to start writing about style icons that I find most inspiring to my wardrobe.
For the first article, I chose to write about my all time style-inspiration Olivia Palermo. I swear I’ve never seen her in an outfit I haven’t liked. Olivia first came into the public eye on The Hills spinoff The City. She’s had numerous jobs working for leading fashion companies, such as Diane Von Furstenburg and Elle Magazine. She’s even been the face of Oscar de la Renta’s Outnet Collection and brand ambassador of the Maasai Project for Pikolinos.
Olivia Palermo is always dressed to the nines whether she’s strolling the streets of New York with fiancé Johannes Huebl or on the red carpet. These are a few of my favorite looks Olivia wore:
This look is from Milan Fashion Week. I love the fur and pattern detail on this coat. She styled it to perfection with simple black pants and accessories.
Olivia wore this to the Cannes Film Festival in France. The shimmery gold material looks stunning on the red carpet. I also love how she added the jacket for a different, fashionable touch.
This look is perfect for spring. Olivia wore this to the Rachel Zoe runway show. The fit and flare skirt is fun, girly, and flattering. I found a similar one at Akira that I am dying to wear when the weather is warm enough. See here.
Jumpsuits are so big for spring. I love how Olivia styled it with an edgy varsity bomber jacket. Jumpsuits are always something I’ve been nervous about wearing only being 5’4, but Olivia really owns the look despite her petite stature.
I could go on and on about all her fabulous looks, but I’ll stop here. Get her look here: