I have always been interested in what triggers street fashion. By that I mean a trend that seems to emerge on the streets and not off the runways. I have read a few articles that suggest that it is direct result of the social and political environment at the time. I can understand trends emerging that are direct opposites of what is happening around us as a way to escape or pretend that all is well with the world. The vintage revival of the 90’s might be a way of embracing all that was better about the past. Acquiring items that are carved from wood instead of pressed in plastic, bead work that is hand stitched onto silk and cotton instead of being machined onto cheap polyester. Chinese embroideries done in silk instead of man made acrylics. Maybe this need to get back to quality goods that were affordable for a lot of people in the 50’s and not just the rich in the 2000’s is what has caused programs like Mad Men to be so popular. It may indicate a desire to return to what seemed to be a slower more trusting safer world with more ethics than the one we know today although if you think about that era, it would be a giant leap backwards for woman’s rights!
My first exposure to street fashion and it’s influence was when camouflage became a fashion item in London in the early 80’s . It had never been used in fashion before and initially all the garments were from army surplus stores. Some people saw it as a direct result of the Falklands War and felt it signified support for the soldiers and the cause and it had been 40 years since Britain had gone to war so there was some feeling of patriotism. Since then camouflage in fashion has always been with us in some form or another but then so have various wars and skirmishes.
Sometimes a film can trigger a trend, again the 80’s comes to mind when Madonna inspired half a decade with looks from Desperately Seeking Susan. Cindy Lauper added to the trend with her music videos. Films can stir interest in an era. For instance there may be a renewed interest in 20’s silhouettes and fabrics when Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby is released.
The reason I was going through all this in my mind was to see where the street trend of cat prints has popped up from. I know the image has always been a big part of Japanese Animee but outside of that I can’t follow where it has emerged from. I am not sure that it will catch on completely but I just find it interesting. Topshop have done a range of black felt hats with cat ears and a whole lot of head bands with ears attached that are actually really cute if you are young enough to pull it off. A lot of bloggers and fashionistas were wearing the cat ear beanies during the last Northern hemisphere winter.
Fashionista.com have had discussions on the cat prints trend recently and all the following images are from that.
There was a silk blend t shirt with a cat face printed on the front of it at Tempt in the Chatswood Westfield a few days ago and I wanted to try it on and take a photo of it but when I went in today they were all sold! So no photo but what I have found in a few stores are prints of Tiger faces. Zara had a lot when I was in London and they are all in stock in the Sydney store now.
Bottega Veneta launched this, their first fragrance, last year. According to the website fragrantica.com, there are notes of Italian bergamot, Brazilian pink pepper, Indian Sambac jasmine, oak moss, patchouli and Indian patchouli. It was conceived by ‘Nose’ Michel Almairac in conjunction with Tomas Maier. I bought a bottle at the airport in November and have unfortunately finished it now but I will definitely be replacing it. I have loved wearing it and apart from the strength when first applying it which happens with every fragrance, I didn’t find it too overpowering.
I love these Bobbi Brown sparkle eyes shadows. They are glittery rather than metallic and leave a light glittery sheen when you use them. They aren’t cheap but I love the subtle shine they give and the colours are soft and give a just a hint of colour.