Streetwear is booming. From Stüssy to Supreme, Off-White to A Bathing Ape, brands whose clothes take their cue from the sidewalks are front and centre in a fashion industry where traditional show formats are falling out of favour.
Which is all the more reason to pay as much mind to what’s going on outside show venues, as within them. Sure, what designers send down the runway merits your attention, but as long as it’s buyers, editors and A-list Instagrammers that make trends stick, then front row and street style looks are as much an indication of what we’ll be wearing next season as what’s lining the racks backstage.
To that end, we sent our steel-elbowed photographers to London, Pitti, Milan and Paris to sidestep the peacocks and pinpoint the very best of autumn/winter 2019. This is everything you need to know.
If you’ve upgraded from a hip-grazing jacket to an overcoat, you’re in the right territory for winter outerwear. The problem, however, is that so has everyone else. It’s time to move things on and get some checks on your back. We’re not suggesting you get a woefully regrettable tattoo, a check coat will do the trick.
The street style at outside the AW19 shows demonstrated the versatility of such statement outerwear perfectly. There were new takes on heritage with blown up checks, tonal checks, graphics checks, checks on bombers and checks ad infinitum. In fact, it was our favourite type of box ticking exercise.