Street Style Feels Authentic Again

There is a vital difference that separates the hoopla of today from that of yesterday’s, plus a slideshow that spans the 6-year evolution


During a MR slack conversation going on earlier this week, a member of our business development team mentioned that she felt like street style was becoming real again, like it was in the beginning. It was interesting to hear such a pointed perspective from a woman who has, for as long as I’ve known her, shown little interest in the nuances that distinguish one fashion week from another.

When you eat, breathe and sleep this industry, noting the changes, no matter how subtle they are, is part of the job. But if you’re a spectator and don’t necessarily participate beyond just watching from a distance, to say that street style seems “real” might sound gravely untrue.

Because the circus is still very much intact: there are sequins, there is ambitious head gear. The color in some cases is still brighter than day, unseasonal looks still shine where the sun does not and on the opposite side, some silhouettes will still make you fall asleep from just looking at them. Yet there is a vital difference that separates the hoopla of today from that of yesterday’s. It’s the difference between being genuine and contrived.

If three years ago, you saw a woman in a skirt that could be mistaken for a beach hut in Hawaii, it was probable that this skirt was part of a larger ploy to get photographed — her facilitating the creation of a submarket of content to release during fashion week. But when you see those kinds of looks on display today, they don’t seem as out of place; the daring dressers still dare, the white jeans and blazer-wearers still whisper. Anna dello Russo has always been Anna.

It’s almost as if the show-goers have become immune to the swath of photographers that litter the streets outside the shows. They’re just there to do their jobs, like everyone else is. And it seems like we are realizing that for them to do their jobs, that is, capture honest-to-God style, all we have to do is be honest. Which makes getting dressed so much easier. And that ease? That’s what started this whole thing in the first place.

All Photographs via Style du Monde. Feature Image by Victor Virgile via Getty Images.


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  • Mallory Harmon

    It is interesting how this kind of coincides with the designers at fashion week, and the idea of making their shows/presentations less of a specticle and more of an authentic form of art. Street style seems to be taking the same approach. Do you think people are getting tired of the hype? Whatever the reasoning may be, I’m liking this approach and the authenticity and honesty behind it.

    • Leandra Medine

      Yeah I definitely think thats part of it, but also, you can smell when something is inauthentic from a mile away — and that’s good for neither the person putting out the smell, or the one receiving it

      • Mallory Harmon

        SO TRUE!

  • Sarah

    “It’s the difference between being genuine and contrived” THIS. APPLIES. TO. EVERYTHING. YASSS BE GENUINE. Authenticity (w/ the most real meaning NOT the trendy term) is KEY to style and attitude.

  • Yes I agree with this so much!! I commented something similar on a MR street style post earlier this week. It’s very refreshing and much more inspiring– wearing something daring that you love and will be comfortable in is much less scary than wearing something daring for attention. It’s also interesting how the increasing sense of honesty is also coinciding with norm-culture fading…

  • I agree, and I’m glad you credit the photographers for having something to do with it! You have an eye for style, the photographer has an eye for an interesting story, and scrolling through the photos has become fun again.

  • T.

    Okay, now I see what you mean! That gives me hope for the world of fashion blogging! 😉

  • CmBF

    “It’s almost as if the show-goers have become immune to the swath of photographers that litter the streets outside the shows.”–That may be because the show-goers push their own content to the masses themselves, through the use of first-hand, “my story” social platforms, i.e. instagram, and more recently, snapchat. They don’t need to rely on crazy to be photographed when they can do it themselves in a more authentic way.

  • Stella Asteria

    Can’t agree more! I am really curious to see how fashion blogging will evolve through the next years! Great article, thanks for sharing!

  • me

    LEANDRA!! You made the NYT again: “The Best Street Style of NYFW” ….

    “Party in the front: Leandra Medine in a festive raffia skirt at the Derek Lam presentation.” (photo #14)

    Yay, Sis !

  • it-moi VERÓNICA

    Nice post! I love authentic street style.



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  • I think a huge part of the feelings of authenticity is that people are dressing like themselves again. Not that playing around with a trend is always NOT dressing like yourself, or that anyone other than you can tell that you went home and changed at lunch because you felt ridiculous in the outfit you were photographed in. But basically, it seems as though we have gone back to a moment in fashion where people are wearing their clothes and not the other way around.

  • I totally agree. Authentic street style is the best.x

  • But at the end, all the people that works in the Fashion Industry is looking for attention… We would dress horribly normal if we dont want people looking at us.

  • Yessss!! And thank goodness. Time to be yourself, whatever that may be and get the job done.
    Agreed! Enjoy fashion week!
    xx Jenelle