Traditionally, autumn has always been a great season for streetwear and urban fashion. The cold weather gives designers the perfect opportunity to really showcase their talents and experiment with new styles, colours and textures - and this season is of no exception.
Over the last few years, streetwear and urban fashion has experienced somewhat of a shift in trend; it has cleaned up its image and taken a far more sophisticated direction. Although there have been hints of it on the catwalk, this is the first season where this developing trend is being properly represented for the first time.
Particular attention has been paid to the cut and fit of the autumn collections; in order to create straight, clean lines and give the appearance of a 'tailored' silhouette. There are unmistakable nods to vintage fashion; reflected in the use of textured fabrics such as yarn, tweed and wool, all of which has resulted in some incredibly rich and tactile collections. The workwear influences, which are never too far away in the world of streetwear, have also been utilised to full effect this season.
Many designers have focused on creating looks that can effortlessly make the transition from outdoors to indoors and from work to play, without sacrificing on warmth or style. So, it can be of no surprise that many brands are taking the ever-popular camo/military trend and simply running with it. Not only does it allow you to create functional and practical looks, but military style also lends itself perfectly to the more sophisticated direction that streetwear appears to be taking.
The use of colour this autumn focuses on drawing attention to the richness and textures of the fabrics used, so expect to see lots of rich earthly colours, such as reds, browns, greens and burgundies. Burnt oranges, mustards and teals are also proving to be particularly popular - they add that all-important splash of colour and make the outfits really 'pop'.
All of this season's trends demonstrate the undeniable fact that streetwear is not only growing up, it is becoming gentrified and maturing to the point of refinement, not unlike a fine wine. However, this is not for one second, to say that the medium has lost its way, or 'sold out' its roots. In actual fact, quite the opposite is true.
One of the reasons why streetwear continues to be truly exciting is because of its inherent ability to evolve, and reflect the ever-changing sub-cultures that inspired its own inception. Streetwear, like youth culture, is by its very nature unpredictable, and must inevitably change. It is this simple fact that inspires much of the originality that is so fundamental to the medium. This is just one of the many reasons why streetwear has always been, and will continue to be, at the very forefront of innovating fashion.
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