So we are addressing this interesting question. Is French street fashion still the best? Or has it been steeped in tradition for so long by the houses having full reign over the industry that the norm lacks luster and innovation?
We are really seeing the trend toward French street fashion following the patterns of the mainstream french couture houses that have the market-share and control by and large over the fashion cult that all of the hopeless sun-worshiping addicts follow Hahaha, if you will kindly excuse my "almost" French!
There is still no doubt in my mind that for the fashionista that looks for beautiful, well thought-out, cleverly placed luxury smart design elements, there is always a seasonal trip to Paris in the agenda to experience the latest in french street fashion.
What this kind of fashionista has to realize is that, yes the name brand, and the luxury are worth their weight in gold, but could it be that we are stuck in the mundane, following black on black collections of monotonous comfort over true expression, and innovation?
We all cling to sameness, security, sense of belonging, and comfort in this chaotic world scene, this often translates into the way we long to dress. That is wonderful for everyday wears, but what place does it have in high-fashion? High-fashion afford us the chance to let loose, to enjoy the joy of color, shape, and texture in innovative bold and daring ways!
We say that for high-fashion, go to Milan for a cut above Paris in colors and joy, for feel good high-fashion that is still in the realm of flawless precision and classic styling.
When we really feel wacky, we do a group trip to London where I prize Vivian Westwood as the design that brought in the, "Weird is Wonderful" culture in high-fashion.
If you cannot make Europe for the French street fashion than I guess we are left with NYC, whose individual aspiring designers have been capable of creating some of the most progressive design and culture to date. That American culture of sink or swim, production at the speed of light and construct and cut or bust 24/7/365 really pushes the creativity level. In the states we always do better with undiscovered talent, as long we know who we are and what we want.
I am so glad that my son Cal got be up to speed with these new tech processes, this is one area that American designers can excel, because in Europe the fashion rules supreme, but they are decades behind in their use of technology, since the mainstream fashion cartel is so huge and steeped in tradition, that overhaul happens almost in slow motion.
Read up on the Milan Fashion Week Wiki page and see why all the French street fashion is not always the hottest on the block.
How does New York Street Fashion stack up? Can the city that never sleeps compete?