In the grand scheme of things, the lack of new fashion images is hardly a big sacrifice in 2020, but I have to admit that I have missed the usual stream of red carpet, street style, and celebrity out-and-about images. While I long for the frivolity of the Met Gala and the Old Hollywood glamour of the Cannes Film Festival, it’s the street style pictures that really provide the most style inspiration to me—and many others. With most of this year’s fashion weeks taking place digitally and only a handful of buyers and editors invited to appointments, the street style scene was virtually non-existent this September. The thing about street style, however, is that it can give you just as many styling ideas as any runway show.
In the absence of the usual street style galleries, we sent photographer Nadine Petzke out on the streets of London to capture what people are really wearing this autumn. Street style at fashion week has now turned into a performative and lucrative game, with many wearing the same items lent by brands and dressing up for the cameras. The images are fabulous and glossy, but they don’t always show the trends that are actually bubbling up in a city at that time and can feel a little inauthentic.
Without the usual events in our calendars, Londoners have been dressing in a more relaxed way this autumn, and all of the outfits below reflect this shift. Dr. Martens are the unofficial shoe of London this season, as almost every other person captured is wearing the eyelet boots or chunky loafers. Other trends include pops of bright colour (mainly orange), fluffy coats, and straight-leg jeans with a really relaxed fit.