London Fashion Week Street Style 2017

It’s no secret that London Fashion Week is well known well as a capital of creativity, and for their eclectic style which contains edgy silhouettes, explosions of colour. Londoners’ tends to be more daring and extravagant compared to the New Yorkers. The city turns into a colorful carnival and despite London’s climatic reputation, they aren’t letting a little rain get in the way of their sartorial spirits. From punk rock to anti-fashion inspired pieces mixed with plenty of bright colours and textures, there is no doubt  that Londoners know how to make a strong entrance.

Here are some of the best street styles spotted during London Fashion week:

Sneakers with everything

Photo: Kuba-Dabrowski

It’s already known that sneakers aren’t just for the gym anymore and these fashionistas surely know how to pull it off. Sneakers can add a funky touch to any outfit and can create an effortless carefree look with a cool attitude.

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Photo: Kuba-Dabrowski
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Frills and Ruffles

Lots of ruffles were spotted appeared on the streets of London during fashion week and it seems as if it will continue to be a massive hit for the upcoming season. The flirty detail has been seen on many garments, like multiple ruffles on the sleeves, whether if it’s on a jacket, dress or a top. We absolutely think it’s a perfect way to uplift any look.

Photo: Diego Zuko
Photo: Sandra Sumberg
Photo: Julian Boudet
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Dress over jeans

The 90s are still here and London street style definitely proves it. The “Drouser” was seen everywhere in the British capital, so don’t hesitate to adopt this trend and wear your maxi dress over a pair of blue jeans.

Photo: Sandra Sumberg
Photo: Getty Image
Photo: Sandra Sumberg
Photo: Diego Zuko

Punk Rock

Photo: withJulien Boudet

London’s punk rock roots definitely plays a role in their street style. During LFW ’17, We saw a lot of punk references, which seemed to be more inspired by 90s grunge than traditional punk. Brooches attached to denim jackets, chunky ankle boots, and chunky bangles all helped evoke a rock and roll vibe.

Photo: Nabil Quenum
Photo: Julien Boudet
Photo: Nabil Quenum

Mix and Match

From the catwalk to the street, the fashion industry is all about pushing its boundaries with the modern concept of mix and match. The new wave of eclecticism means that you can combine prints and texture without any rule, just follow your fashionable instinct.

Photo: Getty Image
Photo: Getty Image
Photo: Getty Image
Photo: Sandra Sumberg

Statement stripes

Bold stripes in any size are having their moment right now and it seems like Londoners are more than happy to adopt this bold trend. For a sporty cool vibe pair it with denim, or add a pair of classy heels for a fancier touch. This helps create a perfect contrast.

Photo: Sandra Sumberg
Photo: Sandra Sumberg
Photo: Styleograph
Photo: Styleograph

The extra long coat

From trench coats to coats made from velvet and wool, all of the fashionistas are wearing it extra long. The classic streamlined silhouette is feminine and flattering and it can also function as a transitional piece between seasons.

Photo: Sandara Sumberg
Photo: Sandara Sumberg
Photo: Sandara Sumberg
Photo: Diego Zuko

Bright fur coat

A colourful fur coat is a staple piece that can refresh any outfit and bring some fun attitude to your wardrobe, especially in the gloomy weather. Whether it’s a bright magenta, a lemon yellow or a mint green, the joyful maximalist coat is all you need to turn heads on your way to a fashion show.

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Photo: Diego Zuko
Photo: Jonathan Daniel Pryce
Photo: Kuba Dobrowski

Chasing a dream with ‘Walking Canucks’

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Nowadays street style plays a critical role in the fashion industry which makes street style photographers more influential than ever before.Bill Cunningham, who passed away recently at age 87, was considered the father of street style photography and paved the way for other young ambition photographers by defining street style photography as an artistic dimension of fashion.

Daniel Kim aka Walking Canucks, is one of the most promising Toronto-based street style photographers in the fashion industry. Daniel became a rising photographer through his street style coverages of international renowned fashion weeks such as New York, London, Paris, and Milan.

The up-and-coming street style photography star, Daniel Kim, was invited as a guest speaker in a summer seminar hosted by Coreators in Woodsworth College Residence. In the symposium, Daniel talked about his experience as the guy on the other side of the camera, his struggles in the fashion industry while holding down a 9-5 day job, and finished up with some useful tips for those considering entering this competitive field.

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Milan Fashion Week – Men SS17

Liat Neuman: How did you get started in photography?

Daniel Kim: I always knew that photography was my passion, and I wanted to give it a shot and experience things through it. I started just by collecting pictures that I liked, and I bought my professional camera on boxing day. My first experience with fashion week was TOM* and all the different fashion weeks in Toronto. At that time I didn’t have the exact concept of what I wanted to shoot, but I had the urge of doing something greater. I slowly built up the courage to experience in taking pictures and then I decided to take my dream to the next level and pursue the challenge. Therefore, I got a professional gear and in 2015 I flew to Paris Fashion Week. This experience changed my life. I learned so much from it, as how to communicate with people as well as with other photographers.

L.N.: Why did you decide to get into street style?

D.K.: I tried out different fields like fashion photography in a studio where you have to set up the light, and I realized that I like better the spontaneity of the streets vs. prettying everything up artificially. I like to shoot fashion in its natural environment and capture stylish people that I randomly bump into.

L.N.: What are the things you look for when taking street style pictures and how would you define your personal style?

D.K.: I think every street fashion photographer has their trigger point. I appreciate when people are wearing beautiful clothes and being creative, but it has to be something colourful, bright or patterned. Otherwise, it will not catch my eyes; this is my trigger point.

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New York Fashion Week – SS16

L.N.: Where do you go to find stylish people to shoot when fashion week is over?

D.K.: Besides Toronto Fashion Week, there is the whole fashion scene in Toronto which includes events like TOM* and FAT (Fashion Art Toronto). Also, I have favourite places to capture this street style in this city. Usually, I go to Queen and Spadina street corner after work and shoot people passing by.

L.N.: How competitive is trying to get the best shot among so many other talented street style photographers?

D.K.: Every photographer is there for the same reason, to capture the best moment. For me, it’s a sport. It is like an African safari, the photographers are lions who eager to hunt, but I love running around, shooting and capturing the best moment at the right angle. 

L.N.: What is your favourite fashion week?

D.K.: The atmosphere is completely different in each city, but from all the fashion weeks around the world, I would say Paris. It’s the perfect place to get experience. Paris is more like the finale of fashion weeks, and there’s something special about this city, the background, the weather, the beautiful clothes and all these parties you can socialize.

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Paris Fashion Week – FW16

L.N.: Who do you look up to or inspires you?  

D.K.: Tommy Ton, Adam Katz, and Scott Schuman have been the biggest influence on me. I got a lot of inspiration from their work. From fashion blogger or influencer aspect,  I don’t have a favourite person who I admire the most; it’s different every time. I appreciate the style more than the person behind the name, and I will take his/her picture no matter if he/she famous or not.

L.N.: Do you have a piece of advice for other photographers trying to find their niche in this industry?

D.K.: I respect those who find their passion and turn it into their full-time job, so don’t be afraid to follow your dream and don’t give up because you will succeed eventually. Keep your primary job, because it is there to support and help you growing your passion. Also, I encourage other photographers to attend other fashion weeks around  the world. It does worth going there and experience the atmosphere with all the relevant people from fashion industry wearing the coolest clothes. Finally, I would like to say that it’s crucial too when you have a good friend or partner who supports your dream.

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Milan Fashion Week – SS16

All the photos courtesy of Walking Canucks.

For more street style photos by Daniel Kim visit www.walkingcanucks.com