Wednesday, October 9, 2013

European Style Report

FLORENCE, ITALY

Buongiorno/Ciao/Hola chicos y chicas!

I just returned from an amazing trip to Europe and of course besides the awe-inspiring culture my favorite part is ALWAYS the fashion.  I always think of Europe as the chicest, most elegant place for fashion (and I still feel this way), but I have to admit that I was quite surprised by some of the trends that are happening right now across the pond.  In Italy I was most impressed by the men's fashion, and did see a few impeccably dressed men walking the streets as in the photos above.  Very nice.   Surprisingly, I didn't find that much to write home about in terms of women's street styles.  The Gucci Museum in Florence did have some ravishing looks, for example Blake Lively's red carpet dress pictured below:

FLORENCE, ITALY

BARCELONA, SPAIN

BARCELONA, SPAIN
The prevailing street style trend I saw in Barcelona was completely unexpected.  I would describe it as sort of a hipster-backpacker meets alt-rocker look with some half-shaved heads and a LOT of what I would call "Hammer Pants" being worn everywhere.  Apparently the "Hammer" pants are a huge look in Europe right now, so much so that my Euro friends were surprised I even noticed them!  I can't say I am 100% on board with this look yet, as it does remind me a little too much of this:

HAMMER TIME
 
Photo credit 1, 2

SEVILLE, SPAIN
From what I could see the youth fashion in Europe seems to have taken an overwhelming turn toward a kind of punk/hipster/return to the 90's hybrid: skinny jeans, half-shirts and half-shorts, and creepers.  I have to say the girls above were rocking the look, complete with matching black and white moto helmets!  I loved it.  The cheeks hanging out below... not so much...

SEVILLE, SPAIN

SEVILLE, SPAIN
I studied abroad in southern Spain in college, and I will always admire the ultra put together, polished prep look that the Sevillanos do so well. For me Seville is the land of Zara, Massimo Dutti, skinny jeans, collared shirts, belts and dainty ballet flats.  I have never seen women so well put together as in the Zara in the Seville city center- absolutely flawless.  The Sevillano men are equally dapper in their dress, as pictured (and brilliantly lampooned) above.

In sum, European street style is quite the mixed bag right now, but certainly never a dull moment between the old blue blood styles and the new on-the-edge youth styles! O-le!:) (But really I hope the hammer pants and half-shorts do NOT come to the US;)