From its humble beginnings on the streets decades ago, hip-hop style has been influencing fashion ever since, but it’s now poised for a major resurgence. From Marc Jacob’s FW17 hip-hop inspired fashion collection to the fact that Grandmaster Flash received a Style Influencer Award at this week’s ACE Awards, it’s clear that the fashion industry needs to play even closer attention to what might be considered the original street style.
Photographed by David Hughes, the Marc Jacobs’ FW17 ad campaign, above, fuses elements of the 70s, 80s and even 90s with platform boots, bold gold link chains, gold-rimmed sunglasses, hats that reference retro Kangol style, plus a palette of browns and reds with tweed and fur accents.
Marc Jacobs elevated street style to a new level by literally staging his February FW17 show on the streets of New York. He stated the collection was inspired by the four-part miniseries called “Hip Hop Evolution.”[Hip Hop Evolution] chronicles the poignant and pivotal cultural movement that reshaped and redefined the landscape of music, which gave way to a whole new language of style,” wrote Jacobs. “As a born and bred New Yorker, it was during my time at the High School of Art and Design when I began to see and feel the influence of hip-hop on other music as well as art and style. This collection is my representation of the well-studied dressing up of casual sportswear. It is an acknowledgement and gesture of my respect for the polish and consideration applied to fashion from a generation that will forever be the foundation of youth culture street style.”
“The Get Down” Brings Fashion Up
Keeping with the hip hop theme, “The Get Down” continues to receive accolades, even though the highly stylized, Baz Lurhmann series has ended. Grand Master Flash (advisor and associate producer) and Jeriana San Juan (costume designer) both received Style Influencer awards at this week’s Ace Awards, and discussed how much they enjoyed the research, production and filming. Grandmaster Flash discussed the era’s accidental rise to fashion fame in his acceptance speech. “We didn’t realize at the time that hip-style would still be influencing fashion runways 40 years in the future! We just wore what we wanted to wear.” Costume designer San Juan discussed how accessories set the mood at the time, “like wearing a cap just the right way so it felt like a crown.”