A legitimately bootleg market

BOOTLEG or counterfeit, whichever angle you view this argument, in my eyes both of the above scream ‘cheap, fake, knock-off’. What I’m saying is, they’re not real. Bootleg culture has been present for years.

It stems from an evermore expensive industry, littered with even more exclusive collaborations and releases, week-in, week-out. Consumers can’t keep up, it’s a relentless rally, wave-after-wave-after wave. It’s the consumers that opt for cheaper alternatives — a naturally maternal instinct of scrimping and saving for the 12 months prior to a holiday, that, on a wider scale is the situation. Continue reading “A legitimately bootleg market”

Burberry’s bright catwalk branded brilliant success

EVERY year, London sees two Fashion Weeks take-over the city centre’s streets and high-profile venues. Promoting and displaying a gathering of the world’s greatest designers’ work.

Saturday 17th February, saw Burberry’s colourful catwalk collection turn heads for a number of reasons — these may not be the reasons you’d typically expect. Continue reading “Burberry’s bright catwalk branded brilliant success”

Bailey’s Burberry brightens Fashion Week

FASHION week’s regular centrepiece, Burberry, has announced that their Saturday London show will be dedicated to gays rights campaigns and charities. The show will lay feature to an iconic rainbow, woven seamlessly into the brand’s trademark tartan get-up— a percentage of proceeds will be donated to three large charities. The Albert Kennedy Trust, Trevor Project, and ILGA. Continue reading “Bailey’s Burberry brightens Fashion Week”

High-End? Streetwear…

IT’S 2017, certain aspects of life are evolving at faster rates than ever before; each day is moulding into the next. It’s gotten to a point where we’re finding it harder to pinpoint artificially manufactured issues, then differentiate in sight of problems that hold some relevance. At this moment in time, male fashion in particular has taken on a surprisingly similar image. Higher fashion has become evermore versatile, evermore applicable to streetwear-framed outfits; we see Gucci sneakers dropped with baggy Nike tracksuits over luxury brand composites. In light of this, however, there’s one huge factor in fashion that has been positively impacted; influence. Social media personalities have become far more powerful per se, if I were to drop names such as Ian Connor and GullyGuyLeo amongst others, you’d immediately relate back to their mass photo-sharing accounts whether that be in a positive or negative light.Above all, I’d foremost like to highlight a single point already made to proceed with, and develop throughout this article; the merge of higher-end brands with other genres, whether it be sports or streetwear.

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Streetwear culture isn’t dead, it’s just changing.

CULTURE is an interesting concept; everyone’s perception seems to differ whether it be in a positive or overly ‘sheep-like’ outlook when it comes to fashion. Over the last months, I felt as though I’d fallen out of love with streetwear and everything it entails; the supposed lack of said culture had become apparent in its entirety. These days, everything is far more centralised around how much an outfit costs or how many logos can be displayed; not aesthetic presence. Of course this isn’t a negative route to take, I’d like to point out, each individual has their own taste whether it to be taken as inspiration from others, or simply built around personal custom. To affirm a stronger sense of what our culture holds, or will hold in 2017, you have to take a step back from social media and enjoy the bigger picture. For instance, opposed to larger communities we now have ‘subsections’ if you will; localised, intricate little pockets of enthusiasts whom share common knowledge and love of apparel- being sneakers, clothing, reselling, you name it. Continue reading “Streetwear culture isn’t dead, it’s just changing.”

Let Me Tell You About My Global Streetwear Adventure…

IN geographical terms, I think we all know just how dissimilar the UK is to the likes of Australia and New Zealand; but do ten thousand miles really make that much of a difference when it comes to street culture? During my time travelling Oceania, Tayler got in contact asking if I’d be happy to document the differences, similarities, and genuine surprises that crossed my path. This progressive breakdown encapsulates Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland as I experienced them though genuine exploration or guided tours with fashion obsessed locals. As I begin I’d like to emphasise that street culture seemed a little less prominent within these countries, meaning communities were even closer as a collective. There’s no doubt that the scenes are expanding rapidly, however there’s still a distance to travel until competing with the likes of Europe, for example. Continue reading “Let Me Tell You About My Global Streetwear Adventure…”