Fashion on the Street | Blogs and flickr etc...
interesting to see the styles happening around the world, what people are doing, wearing and influenced by different trends that often lead on to other design styles and disciplines...
Street style: Singapore
Singapore is the smallest country in Southeast Asia. The nation is technically an island city-state located on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, south of the Malaysian state of Johor, and north of the Indonesian Riau Islands. But what Singapore lacks in space, it makes up for in style.
The Clothes Project is a website that tracks the best of Singapore's street styles. Young people in Singapore blend the avant-garde dressing of Japan with more traditional island colors and patterns. If you aren't so much interested in the clothes, you should take a look at the site just to see Singapore's alluring night cityscape. Think colored lights reflecting on water surrounded by groves of palm trees.
Updates have been spotty for the past few weeks due to my tight schedule. However, this week has to be the first where I kept encountering well-dressed people who are terribly camera-shy as well.
We spent quite a bit of time browsing the runways from Fashion Week in New York, and we love to ogle photos of celebrities in the latest trends from high-end designers, but sometimes the best fashion inspiration comes from the average, yet stylish, person on the street. Wardrobe Remix is a photo pool over at photo-sharing site flickr that has over 1400 members who have uploaded more than 5000 photos of themselves in their stylish stuff. I wouldn't say that everything there is necessarily haute couture, but that is precisely the beauty of the photos -- these are everyday people who've put together great outfits right out of their closets.
this group was created by tricia royal. see here: www.bitsandbobbins.com
this group is moderated by "bitsandbobbins" and "just jenny".
i believe the best stylists walk the streets, not the photo sets, nor the backstage of the runways. the real innovators are you and me: real, fashionable people, men and women alike.
how do *you* put it together? where did you get that item of clothing from? is there a story behind something you wear? a reason why you wear specific styles or types of clothing, or a particular item all the time?
Style on the streets: Helsinki
One of my favorite style sites to browse is Hel-Looks, which follows the street fashion of Finland's capital, Helsinki. The age range is huge (although mainly between 15 and 25) and the styles are daring and bold. The best way I can explain the style of Helsinki's trendy citizens is that it's a cross between gothic Lolita, Japanese street punk, and college art students. And although some are disturbingly stuck in the 80s, others demonstrate a great ability to fashionably layer and accessorize. Plus, this site has driven me to an obsession with scarves (which is really saying something 'cause I live in Florida)
Style on the streets: Oslo
What do you know about Norway?
According to Wikipedia, Norway is officially known as the Kingdom of Norway. In Norwegian, that's Kongeriket Norge or Kongeriket Noreg. The country is located on the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula, bordering Sweden, Finland and Russia. Norway's extensive coastline along the North Atlantic Ocean is home to its famous fjords. (I love anything that starts with an 'fj'!)
Aside from the awesome fjords, Oslo – Norway's capital – has a vibrant street fashion life. If you're interested, there is a website called Oslotil, which posts daily snapshots of the hip, Northern European city's street-style. Eclectic dresses and wild accessories (think: over-sized sunglasses and trendy hats) seem to rule in this city. All in all, Oslo seems like a cross between Los Angeles casual and London bo-ho.
Style on the streets: Toronto
On location: Toronto
When you say "Canadian Fashion" most people assume that you are talking about the international fashion hub, Vancouver. (Relax, Montreal, we know you're there. And if this was about you, we would have said "Quebecois Fashion.") Even though Vancouver is the reigning Canadian capital of runway shows and design houses, the truth is that Toronto has its own an unexpectedly vibrant street fashion culture. There's even a site dedicated to chronically the outfits of budding Canuck street fashionistas called Toronto Street Fashion.
For a city that spends half of the year beneath the ground in network of tunnels, the above-ground streets have a great deal of flair. Then again, I suppose the city needs to make up for January somehow – and that might as well be done by donning a pair of crazy green short-shorts in sunny July.
http://www.torontostreetfashion.com/fas … hotos.html
Here are some grabs from a recent article, via the cool hunter
TREND FIRMS USE BLOGS TO SEARCH FOR THE NEXT BIG THING
http://www.thecoolhunter.net/news/TREND … -BIG-THIS/
"They're definitely the current hot thing," says Paris photographer and blogger Yvan Rodic, who publishes daily photographs of Paris street fashion on his blog facehunter.blogspot.com.
Reinier Evers is the founder of the Amsterdam-based website trendwatching.com. More than 130,000 business and marketing professionals in more than 120 countries subscribe to the site's free monthly newsletter. A network of more than 8000 spotters from more than 70 countries send in information in return for small gifts, such as key-ring cameras, but mostly just for the credibility that comes from spotting a trend.
Mr Evers says innovation based on trend information is a hot topic. "We get virtually all of our 'big spottings' - consumer behaviour-changing ideas, concepts, big-picture thinking - from blogs written by smart business thinkers such as Jeff Jarvis buzzmachine.com and Seth Godin sethgodin.com," he says. http://www.sethgodin.com/sg
And the mainstream is listening to what bloggers have to say. Helen Lee, editor of Australian online fashion and beauty magazine sassybella.com, says blogs have changed the fashion scene as people can now get up-to-date information about fashion shows in Paris, Milan, New York and London almost as they happen. "With the popularity of broadband, people can get up-to-date video feeds as well," she says. "Blogs give a magazine-like commentary at the turnover time of newspapers. Whether they're news blogs or fashion commentary blogs, it all happens a lot faster and you can find out what the latest trend is in Copenhagen or Denver."
Cologne-based designer Markus Gogolin, who runs the blog designspotter.com, says he loves the influence the internet is having on society and trends. "As a designer, it is so easy to see what is happening on the planet.
At the japanese design site shift.jp.org http://www.shift.jp.org/
There is a pull down menu where various photographers take shots of fashion on the streets... month by month the sections have a range of photos, goes back to 1997...
GIRLS ON THE STREET ARCHIVE
Featuring street fashion photos in the world.
This list was complied while I was coordinating the Swinburne National Institute of Design Research NIDR masters of multimedia design course.