What’s up, guys? I’m Brian Sacawa, you’re watching He Spoke Style, and today I’m going to be reacting to some of the street style from the London Fall 2019 menswear shows. So, the Fall 2019 menswear show circuit is underway. Things started in London. And, for me, London street style is always very interesting. You know, you always see a real wide range of looks from super hardcore street style, all the way to very tailored and dapper, which, of course, is such a huge part of the heritage of menswear in London.
So, without further ado, let’s get into this. And we are actually going to be looking at a slideshow of 41 photos from Vogue online. Here we go! Alright, this is cool. I like this look a lot. It’s not something I would wear, but I like the trench and the beanie cap. And I like the earth tones that are going on there. Sneakers are cool. Again, not something I would wear, but it’s this is a cool look. There’s Richard. I love the suit and the turtleneck.
The beanie is interesting color wise, as is the the jacket. Not super my style to wear a jacket like that with a suit. But, you know, to each his own. I don’t know. It’s interesting with the grey color palette. It’s very, it’s almost like a blank slate, so you can really put any colors you want. And those are just some really big pops of color there. Mmmm, not really feeling this one. Yeah, I really, I really don’t have anything to say about this one. Not for me. Okay, well, I guess I could give points for creativity?! And, I mean, if it’s cold, you know, that’s a very practical solution. I dig the sunglasses though. Those are really cool. Yeah, I don’t know. I don’t know. Interesting? Again, not for me. Wile E. Coyote is classic, I suppose! Okay, so my reaction to this is colored by the fact that I just got a new puppy, Robin and I just got a new puppy.
So, to me, this looks like the dude only had one jacket, and he got a new puppy too, and the puppy, like, got a hold of it, and you know, well, it was cold out, and he had to put that jacket on. So, um, yeah, yeah. I don’t know about that! The hat? Yeah, it’s, that’s what it, that’s okay. And, I guess that’s like a velvet track pant kind of… Oh! That’s kind of cool though. You can see, like, um, it’s like burgundy here and black here. That’s kind of cool. Again, I wouldn’t, I wouldn’t necessarily wear it. But, anyway. Alright. Moving on. That’s great. I love women who dress in menswear. Love this classic color palate here. Love how the brown of the jacket goes with the brown of the glasses. And the gold is again, or her earrings, I don’t, can’t tell if they’re gold.
They kind of look gold. Are pulled in there. Beautiful, beautiful bag. And bonus points for the under, the turtleneck underneath the the blouse there. There you go. That’s pretty cool. This is pretty interesting. Yeah. It almost looks like to me like a, like a safety vest that construction worker would wear, but with some nice, like, and there’s a, it’s like this football thing going on right here? Yeah, you see all sorts of things and and this is, like, kind of interesting to me. I like the pattern. Yeah, look at those kids. I have no idea who they are. The fanny pack? I thought fanny packs like came and went. I mean, not like in the 80s. They came and went then, too. But I know they were coming back. So, I don’t know. I don’t really have anything to say about this one. Not my thing. Cool coat. Very cool coat. Huh. I can’t tell if that’s a shirt underneath or like a shirt jacket? Anyway, there’s like some nice layers going on here. The color contrast on the inside, like, that from the browns of his pants and the shearling coat there.
It’s pretty cool. I can get behind that. That’s pretty sweet. Okay, I don’t know if we’re seeing a trend emerge here, but the turtleneck under the shirt might be a thing. Might be. This is a cool look. I really like the coat with a big plaid and I think that looks like houndstooth? And, hey, you can wear white pants any time, and white pants in winter is always sort of, like, a nice, refreshing burst, because it’s like almost like you think of white pants to be more of a summer thing, and I really think you can wear them in any season. But, it’s really cool when you see them in the winter. They really pop out as something fresh.
So this is a cool look all around. The fanny pack again! And, like, sort of like the velour zip-up sweater with a, with a high neck I like what’s going on here from the standpoint of you have, like, some tailored elements. The trousers. The shearling coat is really interesting. There’s like a athleisure, like, but like luxe athleisure thing here. Fanny pack? You know? I don’t know. Anyhow, that’s, that’s kind of a cool look. That’s cool. I dig. I dig that. Very simple. Very classic. Very casual. Very chic. I like the way the turtleneck is not folded down here. That’s really cool. It’s kind of artfully disheveled. It’s a very classic color palette, but that’s, like, the one detail of this outfit that makes it look that, for me, brings it up a notch from being just something very simple, to something that has a little bit of interest. That’s fun… Yes. This is badass and powerful. I mean, this sort of wider, fuller cut trouser. Like a workwear-inspired jacket. And the hat is classic. And, I mean, the whole, the whole outfit is about this scarf.
Let’s just say that. And it’s, I love the, the mix of colors there. So, this one is super, super awesome. Mm-hmm. I don’t know. Robin and I talk about tailored clothing on women because some she, like, you know, us guys we think of, you know, we want the shoulders to be right, and all this, and this and that. And and there’s, like, a way that we cut the clothing. And sometimes, like, like, this the shoulders just look really big and ridiculous, to me. And I, although I like–there was another look previously with the orange under shirt underneath the jacket that I thought was really good but these kind of, like, neon, electric colors… This, this isn’t really working for me, so we’re going to move on. Oh, yeah. Those coats are freaking awesome. All about the coat.
Nothing else. Yeah, badass. That’s a cool coat too. Not for me, but it’s a pretty cool coat. Alright, nice. Don’t have much to say there. They’ve got some women, of course, because Vogue. That’s a cool look. Yeah, that coat. So, white pants again. Looks like there’s a cardigan underneath the coat. It’s all about, but again, it’s all about the coat. The coat is pretty sweet. Very statement-making. It’s double-breasted. No? Yes? I can’t tell. It looks like it falls over, but it’s really hard to tell whether it, or how, it buttons the way this photo is shot.
Anyhow, that’s cool. Very classic. Simple, you know? Looks like a raglan sleeve coat. That’s nice. Hmm… Kids. You know, more kids. Interesting? So. like, a fishing net or a basketball net? Hmm… I don’t, I don’t get it at all. It’s like the bag thing happening, but, like, like if you covered it up, it would kind of look like overalls. So, I don’t know what’s going on here. This could just be, like, an attention-grabbing thing. Nope. Wait, let’s just go back to this guy for a second. So, here’s a good example of, you know, I don’t know who this guy is but I feel like street style has really changed over the last 10 years, or so. And it’s because of social media. It’s become a thing where, you know, people, at least when I have gone to New York Fashion Week in the past, you could really see it start to change when it started to be, it sort of started to be more about, like, being seen and being recognized.
And getting your photo taken so you show up in, like, New York Times or a roundup on Vogue or something like that. And it almost becomes too costumey. And this, to me, is too costumey. But that’s just me. Yeah, there’s there’s some stuff going on here… Interesting. That’s pretty hardcore. That’s cool. Like the–I wonder if she’s an Aries. I like the puffer underneath the trench. And then the turtleneck underneath that. It’s cool. Nice layering. Yes! Like, so my eyes moved from the top of his look slowly down.
It’s like he’s got like a grandma thing going on with this kerchief. And then it’s, like, like hip-hop in the body. And then it’s like, like, second grade girl with the backpack in his hand. So, I guess, maybe this is like the evolution or, or, or it’s the cycle of life! So you have the backpack of the young girl. And then up to the kerchief of the grandma. I don’t know. Fashion is art, right? So that’s my interpretation.
There are no wrong answers! I’m trying to think of something to say here and not really finding it, so we’re just going to move on. Yes. This is pretty badass too. Love the, yeah, everything it just works here. You have texture. You have pattern. You have simplicity. Very cool. Very cool. Cool. I mean, less is more. And a statement sock! Richard, again. Now, this is a cool look. Simple. Of course, of course I’m going to like it. It’s classic. It’s simple. The coat. Love the herringbone. It reminds me of the one coat that I have from Ring jJacket that looks very similar. But, yeah, that’s, that’s pretty badass. Nice lapels. Nope. Nope times two. Yeah, I don’t know. Mmm.. We’re getting to the end here. I got two more. Interesting layering. I would wonder what Robin would think about this one. And finishing off there with not much to say. So, there’s my reaction to some of the London street style. Let me know what you thought. Let me know what you thought of the looks down below in the comments.
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The fall 2019 men’s fashion show circuit just kicked of in London and with the menswear shows happening, you know your going to be seeing a lot of street style. In this video, I’m reacting to some of the best (and worst) London street style as presented in a slideshow from Vogue.com.
I touch on this in the video, but just want to say a quick word about street style and how it has evolved over the years into something very different than it used to be. I’d say about a decade ago, before the ubiquity of social media and the saturation of it we have today, that street style was a very genuine thing. There were a handful of publications that you looked at to give you the picture of what was happening, trends to look out for, and there was a certain mystique and elevated nature to the whole thing.
Nowadays, we are living in a very different time. And with the rise of what I like to call “look at me” culture, thanks in large part to Instagram, street style has morphed into something that resembles a carnival sideshow and, I would also say, has become a lot less interesting. Let me try to explain.
In the past, the people who were going to the shows were the people who were supposed to, or needed to, be there. Fashion editors. Buyers. Designers. Now, there are a bunch of people showing up dressed in costumes trying to get their photo taken so they can feel famous if they happen to end up in a big publication’s photo roundup. It’s pretty sad and just one of the many reason I try to avoid the whole fashion week “scene” at all costs.
That’s not to say that there still isn’t some great street style and inspiration out there during these events. There certainly is a lot still to celebrate, as you’ll see in this roundup I choose to react to from Vogue.
I don’t know where to assign the most blame for what has become of fashion week street style. There is Instagram, for sure, which has bred a generation of narcissists hungry for fame, likes, and outside approval. However, the photographers are also to blame. The photographers are the on-the-ground editors. They’re choosing who to shoot. And, of course, they want to make their mark as well. Interesting shots of sometimes questionably interesting people get noticed.
If you’ve read this far, thank you. I’d love to continue the conversation in the comments.