STREET CRED

This sea­son’s col­lec­tions have had an at­ti­tude adjustment. Shahrez­zan Ezani counts the streets­mart knock­outs as fash­ion houses bat­tle it out

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Run­way style takes it to the streets

Street style icons had a huge im­pact on the Au­tumn/Win­ter ’14 col­lec­tions, with many run­ways mir­ror­ing the multi-faceted trends usu­ally spot­ted out­side the fash­ion tents. The in­flu­ence of bold in­di­vid­u­als such as Kate Lan­phear and Em­manuelle Alt, as well as the more zany char­ac­ters of Lean­dra Me­dine and Susie Bub­ble, made it one of the coolest sea­sons yet. Is­abel Marant smelled teen spirit, send­ing out looks with hints of grunge chic in Cobain cardis and plaid, and a pri­mar­ily army green pal­ette, while fresh­man Pub­lic School was more lit­eral in bring­ing street fash­ion to the cat­walk via baggy shorts, flan­nel and bean­ies.

Pants con­tinue to make it big, so pack away your cropped skin­nies. Alexan­der Wang, Dries Van Noten and Ja­son Wu have dropped trouser hem­lines all the way to the floor — yes, that means the fo­cus on shoes is no more, which ex­plains why state­ment heels have been AWOL for A/W ’14.

Sur­pris­ingly, Givenchy’s Ric­cardo Tisci toned down his street rep for fall, in­stead in­tro­duc­ing a so­phis­ti­ca­tion that did not scream for at­ten­tion in both the menswear and wom­enswear col­lec­tions.

Hip-hip, techno and elec­tron­ica all clam­oured for the lime­light as sound­tracks to some very fierce col­lec­tions. Al­tuzarra, Rick Owens and the very ex­cit­ing Sa­cai bat­tle-rapped with ex­ag­ger­ated parkas, bombers and sweaters. Mean­while, Kenzo’s neon prints and Peter Pilotto’s bright reds and yel­lows amped up the bass and took graphic prints up a deci­bel or two.

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