- Category: Fashion Articles
- Created on Wednesday, 28 December 2011 17:34
- Written by Eric Tonk
Want to see the real San Francisco fashion? Head out to the streets of the Bay area!
The unofficial runway is out there and the designers are the locals themselves. If you did not know, fashion designers look for inspiration not in outer space – but in the streets themselves. A bit of color there, fringes and new cuts can all be seen in what the locals are wearing. Street fashion style can be unique pieces that the locals made themselves or their own interpretation of hit runway creations.
The streetstyle bloggers roam the streets taking photos of interesting people that they can feature in their personal fashion blogs. These bloggers are great sources of fashion information and even the best designers keep an eye out for them. It is a convenient way of knowing what goes on in the streets without having to actually spend time out there.
What you learn in art school like the 18 areas of art and design may be relevant but it is nothing like what you will learn in the real world of San Francisco fashion. It does not matter if you are an emerging fashion designer, a writer, a consultant, a stylist or a simple fashion enthusiast. Your true fashion sense and style will come out in the way you mix and match different outfits, styles and colors. Even the most radical combination can work – and you do not have to be Lady Gaga or Katy Perry to pull it off.
Another interesting thing you can see in the streets is what we call mixed media fashion. It is when the fashionista mixes different layers and styles and puts them all together to create a harmonious look – at least the successful ones can be considered as such. It is a difficult ensemble to accomplish as you can only go two ways – either to nail it or you bury yourself.
In a broad perspective, San Francisco fashion actually has a life of its own. The people feeding its existence create tiny ripples that reach up to the ends of the earth. The popular look of beaded accessories started out as a tribal ornament in the far reaches of Africa. Who knows what will be discovered next in the bay area?