If you ask a fashion designer or a stylist where their inspiration comes from for say a collection, or a look, more often times than none you'll hear "the street." But what exactly is "the street" at this point? Is it some interesting character on the subway, or is it a retail buyer outside a fashion week show? Is there a separation between these two types of images? Our idea of "street style" has not only changed in the last 5 years because of the extensive proliferation of blogs and social media, but street style is now directly linked to the images snapped during each international fashion week.
It's interesting to read about industry folk discussing the "peacocking" outside and inbetween shows. Most interesting to me, is the idea of dressing to show off and be photographed. Is it inauthentic and fake or is it just an excuse to be more brave and show your individual personal style? Are all the interesting ensembles we scroll through every season, carefully calculated beforehand by the wearers as "photographable?" Street style has almost become a caricature of itself. A parody.
1 & 2 : Paris Fashion Week, 1991
3 & 4: Paris Fashion Week, 1985
5: London Fashion Week, 1985