Thanks to street style and the instant documentation of it on social media, the gap between the runway and reality narrows every season. Revisiting the hundreds of street style photos Phil Oh shot in New York, London, Milan, and Paris, you can witness how women’s outfits gradually shift to reflect what they’ve seen at the shows. Victoria Beckham and Burberry’s new look of bourgeois elegance in London prompted several women to wear skirt suits and head-to-toe camel before the trend had even crystallized at Hedi Slimane’s Celine show. Whether those ladies remixed the clothes they’d packed in their suitcases or went out to buy brand-new looks—and fast!—it’s a good example of how runway trends and street style trends have started to overlap.
That explains the subversive, punk codes we saw on and off the runways, too. There was a tough, anti-establishment spirit in several collections, usually with a side of romantic florals (see: Prada, Valentino, Alexander McQueen). We saw guys and girls wearing studs, spikes, smudged eyeliner, dark lips, platforms, and, of course, head-to-toe black on the streets, too. There’s no arguing that’s where the trend started—decades and decades ago, in fact—before trickling up to the highest echelons of fashion. Maybe “trend” isn’t even the right word; Lily Gatins, for example, has been dressing this way forever, regardless of what’s happening in the zeitgeist.
Here, we’ve outlined more of the month’s biggest news in street style, including a few looks you can start wearing ASAP.
A Fresh Way to Wear Your Blazer
Tailoring was a huge story on the Fall 2019 runways, but with spring around the corner, you might not feel inspired to wear a full-on pantsuit. Instead, we saw lots of women pairing their jackets—oversize or trim, leather or checked—with skirts. Occasionally, the look resembled an actual skirt suit. We also spotted a few women in full, pleated midis days before Hedi Slimane put them on the runway at Celine.
photography courtesy of Phil Oh
The New Statement Coat
For years, the streets outside the Fall runway shows were insanely plush. Fur was the dominant outerwear trend, from soft shearlings to rainbow-striped chubbies and everything in between. Maybe it has something to do with the real-versus-faux argument—many women have vowed to stop wearing both—or perhaps we’re all just ready for a change. This season’s most photogenic coats fell into two camps: long and lean in a bold color, or vividly printed. They made just as much of a statement—and were likely a lot easier to pack, too.
Spots, Stripes, and Snakes, Oh My!
Leopard-spotted coats and dresses, python boots, and zebra-striped blouses mirrored the animal prints we saw on many runways, including Paco Rabanne and Khaite.
Embrace Your Rebellious Side
In the '70s, the punk movement sprang from political and social strife, and its key messages were individuality and freedom above all else. In light of the nightmare that is 2019, it only makes sense that we'd all start dressing a little tougher.
Bright Lights, Brighter Colors
Neon is a trend you'd half-expect to fizzle out after a season, but it's remained a big story on and off the runways. We'd go so far as to say it looks even better in the winter, when most of us could use a mood boost in the form of a searing color, from highlighter pink to chartreuse
Maximalism Is Still the Best Way to Get Noticed
For true maximalists, the trend for elegant, ladylike dressing will likely fall on deaf ears. The women who wear Comme des Garçons and major Molly Goddard dresses won’t be paring things back anytime soon—and thank goodness for that. What would street style be without XXL proportions and clashing prints
There’s much to be said about the casual, cool ease of a caftan or a pantsuit, but the idea of wearing a genuinely hot miniskirt—and not with sneakers!—suddenly feels fresh. A few women went the extra mile and even wore theirs with stilettos. Consider them a reason to go out!