Street Style: 5 iconic moments of 2015
A year in review
1. Claim to fame: Lucky Blue Smith
Within a year, his white-blonde mane and boyish good looks graced countless runways, advertising campaigns and, probably too many iPhone wallpapers to count. The FW15 show season was his first, but Smith knew full well how to make an exit during fashion week. Holding up traffic with his mobs of fans that stalk the shows he walks, here's a model who signs autographs and does meet and greets on the street during the pandemonium that is fashion week.
2. Trend of the year: Gucci fur loafers
The Horsebit loafers were — and still is — the quintessential shoe from Gucci, but Alessandro Michele gave the long-standing classic a brilliant upgrade during FW15. Gucci's slip-on fur loafers were ubiquitous on the streets (and Instagram) thereafter, receiving the universal fashion stamp of approval from the likes of fashion editor Julia Sarr Jamois, model Diana Moldovan, and style influencer Irina Lakicevic amongst others. Also, they were (Alexa) Chung-approved.
3. Street style icon who made a splash: Justin O' Shea
A lean, tattooed physique, bold choices in shirts and ties and a full beard make the man in question. Like many street style icons (Nick Wooster and Sam Lambert, to name a few), O' Shea's facial foliage is key to his signature style captured on the streets season after season. Showing up to the spring/summer 2016 shows sans beard, the buying director of Mytheresa.com showed the world a part of himself he kept well hidden for years. Talk about the shock factor.
4. Man behind the lens: Tommy Ton
The name on everyone's lips in the realm of street style photography. Snapped by Tommy Ton during fashion week? That's the holy grail of #StreetStyleGoals right there. His candid yet flawlessly composed images found home on Style.com and GQ.com for the longest time, but Ton has gone his own way since the last show season (SS16). Still capturing the style mavens on the street during fashion week, see — and be inspired — by his work here: Tommyton.com.
5. Menswear designer to watch: Craig Green
For gents who complain that the women have it better when it comes to clothing options, here's a designer who challenges the staid repute of menswear. Forget classic suits enlivened by contrasting stitching. Think long-line button down shirts with assymetrical hems and wide-leg trousers flanked by straps. London-born designer Craig Green ruled his runway and also the streets the past season. Nick Wooster, style director Declan Chan and even Susie Bubble donned a pair. Who said this was a boys only club?