The following words, “bad tats,” “vapidity,” “self-aggrandizement,” “over-use of hair products,” these are all terms that come and go when describing hipsters;. Hipsters, of course, are one of those rarefied stylistic groups that everyone likes to point at and dismiss as much as they find them curiously fascinating to analyze. And one certainly cannot dismiss their impact in setting trends.
When it comes to Street Style, the hipsters are shameless fashion go-getters who are influencing the greater fashion landscape in the process. One major aspect that separates the hipsters from the mainstream is their obsession with vintage clothing, especially 70’s “kid stuff”, early 80’s technological references and a love for reworking grunge. On some levels, hipsters are fashion’s ‘idiot savants’.
Once observed from Europe, the hipster drama takes on an entirely new pathos and reads uncannily modern, if not avant-garde at times. One of their great loves – aside from plaid flannel shirts – is vintage furs. The hipsters are so deep into second-hand furs that the boys, just like the gals, sport a myriad of looks ranging from fur-trimmed leather jackets to hand-sewn fur collars on everything possibly wearable… then, of course also comes the full-fur hats, the scarves, the vests and the vintage fur coats.
In New York, Williamsburg is no longer the hipster ground zero; they are now in Bushwick, a few extra subway stops away on the L train. If you want to see their magic first-hand, head there on the weekend. With the cold New York fall upon us, the looks and originality might surprise you… in a good way.