Some trends just cannot go unnoticed. You’re probably reading this and thinking, “Okay, there he goes again telling us something we already know”. Which is absolutely not entirely correct. But I’ll try to subtlety attempt to make you dare and try these recent street phenomenon’s. Okay. I lie.
- The Leather Phenomenon:
Borrowing on the romance and dark glamour of the Victorian era, the contemporary look is one part drama, and one part restraint. Leather is a daring element to any look, as it brings out a darker side to anyone pulling it off.
The look isn’t defined by a single colour like black, but rather embraces history through the use of grey, gold, red and even white. The overall feel is richer, and more textured than stereotypical depictions of the modern Goth. The trend spans various moods and ages, offering a contemporary glimpse of punk and grunge, as well as a subtle historical nod to the extravagant dress sense of European nobility from eras gone by.
The monochrome age. Who knew this trend would come back with such an unstoppable force? Think Run-DMC, Janelle Monae, Cruella de Vil and MTV in the ‘90s, Justin Timberlake’s ‘Suite and Tie’. This cinematic trend is dominating the fashion industry – a theme that defined pop culture for almost a decade. As an extension of monochrome ‘Ghetto gothic’ hip hop styling with a dark edge, a fusion of hip hop and gothic styling, the look screams and echoes dark ghastly references, inverted crosses, monochrome paisley bandanas, platform trainers, brothel creepers, pops of neon and a fierce attitude to pull the look off! It’s a vibrant styling for the urban street fashion market is easing the trend locally and internationally.
If there’s anything to go by, these two phenomenons have become a staple and daring statement in the streets of SA.