From the streets to the runways

By Carolina Benjumea Rúa

It is strange to think that hip hop and fashion can get along, but these two have been an example of great collaborations and inspiration; Hip Hop mentions fashion in some of its lyrics and fashion is inspired by its movement and aesthetic. That's right, this movement that began on the streets of the Bronx now finds place on the world's main catwalks and in the biggest fashion houses.

One of the biggest trends for this fall comes from the hand of the rappers and the streets, a trend that has been validated by models like Gigi, Kendall and Hailey Baldwin, and is not only inspired by the silhouettes and the clothes they wear, but also by the rebellion transmitted by those who have been part of this movement over the years.

Bomber jackets have been one of the favorite garments for these seasons, for next season we will see them again and stronger than before. At the same time, garments such as crop tops, mini skirts, tight dresses, straight pants, hoods, oversized garments, denim and metallic colors will be part of this trend inspired by Hip Hop culture.

You might be wondering what attitude needs to be adopted with these clothes, well it is recommended an irreverent attitude, no rules allowed in both men and women. I'm sure you've heard about... Rihanna? Well, to rock this trend get inspired in the Rihanna attitude, create your own rules.

Hip hop began with the frustration of young people living in the Bronx, they used their music as a protest against the poor life quality they had. This movement was first spread in New York, then to young people in the United States, and soon the whole world would be drifting into this movement, becoming a fundamental part of pop culture. From there, fashion began to take note of what was seen on the streets, from 1990 some designers included this aesthetic in their collections; Karl Lagerfeld did it in 1991 with piles of gold jewelry on his models.

Phat Farm, the first Hip Hop brand was born, taking the Hip Hop lifestyle to an other level. In an interview with the New York times, the rapper Nasir Jones, also known as Nas said: ““What was important to me in the ’90s was representing that guy from the inner city, but once I brought that message from the block to the world, there became another side to it — a fancier, flyer side.”