New York Street Style
- Published:18th Nov 2016
I’m back!! Yesterday was my first day back from a trip to sunny New York. As well as doing all the usual sights I managed to squeeze some time in to people watch and get some style inspiration from the streets. In true Alice’s Pig fashion this lead me to wonder about the past, did people take street style like they do now? With Instagram and snapchat it is so easy to take pictures for all to see and even easier to take them of yourself… can you imagine trying to take an ‘outfit of the day’ with a medium format film camera? As well as the struggle, you wouldn’t be able to rely on your trusty cute butterfly filter that would be able to beautify you even on your not so beautiful days.
The street style of today holds a lot more under its umbrella with the abilities we now have for documenting ourselves so easily and casually. So here is some street style in New York I found from the days gone by, and it’s a pretty stark contrast to the selfies and blogs of today.
Starting with one of our favourite era’s here at AP the 40’s. As you can imagine women dressed elegantly and with grace. Much of the street style snapshots seem to be posed with the ladies in dainty positions which would not be the case nowadays- no pouting or peace signs here!
As we approach the 70’s the photographs tend to get more relaxed and free. Cameras were getting smaller and easier to take around and peoples general attitudes were becoming more liberal. Daring flares and mini shorts akimbo! Funny how because of the vintage style fashion 70’s trend, some of these images could be current!
The 80’s and 90’s in New York seemed to be the funnest’ in my opinion. With Andy Warhol leading the art scene with his Factory, and Keith Haring painting all over the city, style in New York was loud and glamourous. Studio 54 (okay I know this was more like the 70’s but late 70’s) also being the hottest ticket in town, with everyone from Diana Ross to Sylvester Stallone frequent attendees, the club was a key influencer in glam disco fashion. Statement piece sequin floor length dresses galore! Another exciting thing happening in the big apple at this time was the Voguing and Ball culture. This was an LGBTQ underground sub culture where people would compete in Drag balls and perform voguing- a dance of flamboyant poses and catwalk style movements.
So get yourself a one way ticket to JFK and get snapping. New York, I love you but you will never replace my one and only…. London of course!
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