Sunday, January 21, 2018

The IT-it: Fashionable Graffiti

Art has always had a large impact on fashion but streetwear is currently taking it's inspiration from street art specifically.  This season, several designers have adapted graffiti -- the ultimate street art --into clothing and accessories.

High fashion, mixed with grunge, gives designers enough credibility to be worn by streetstyle blogger icons. Look no further than Balenciaga, which under the tutelage of Demna Gvasalia, has climbed its way to the top of the fashion ladder. This season, Gvasalia took the traditional Balenciage City bag ($2200)  and turned it into one of the hottest styles of the season by adding personalized graffiti.

Perhaps even more iconic is the Gucci Ghost tote ($3000), which is a collaboration with street artist Trevor Andrew. This season, Dolce & Gabbana took a pen to a top handle bag ($3995) and mixed conservative lines with playful doodles. The content was inspired by the doodles you'd find inside of a school girl's journal. Even

Even classic shoe designers have gotten in on the act. Christian Louboutin has a graffiti tote ($1550) and backpack and Manolo Blahnik is offering BB pumps ($695) that look like a 1970s subway car.

Stamped, an upping comer in the ever growing lineup of popular streetwear labels, is offering lots of graffiti options. If you really want to plug into the hottest styling, you can opt for oversized menswear pieces.

Remember, fashion week is coming. Now is the perfect time to start curating your wearable art. Extra points if it's street art and triple credit if it's graffiti.

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