The street style phenomenon might’ve only kicked into gear in the last decade, but in that time, it has had a fundamental impact on the way that fashion has evolved and adapted to an ever-shifting consumer landscape. No longer focused on the hallowed halls of the runway, the camera has gradually turned its lens to the pavements outside of the venues, capturing the well-dressed attendees in all their finery.
While it has been called a circus by some (and there’s no denying, at some points the peacocking did reach excessive levels), but ultimately it has been an exercise in democracy, allowing “the people”—albeit very shiny people—to have a say in the trends they actually want to wear. Yes, there are always cases of #spon outfits and not-so-candid group posing, but I have always loved scrolling through the latest intake of street style imagery every season, particularly from London Fashion Week. Eclectic, joyful and individual, London has quite rightly become known as the personality city in the fashion week lineup.
Of course, this season, we haven’t had the usual lineup of looks due to the 2020 spectre that is COVID-19, so in its place, I went down a bit of a Getty hole (technical term) to find the outfits that have captured my imagination and inspired my style over the years. From Alexa’s minidresses to the dawn of the tonal outfit, scroll down to see my highlights.