November 21, 2016
Is Pre-Adult the New Wave?
Teen Spirit is currently in its highest order But we’re not talking, Jenners and Hadids (no shade). It is no secret there is a growing legion of adult women who are under the influence of a cool as hell 19-year-olds? Amandla, Lily Rose, Tavi, Zendaya, Lorde, Willow, Kiernan. Aside from the enviable management of their careers or unapologetic commitment to speaking up and out. Their style appears defined and completely void of concern with what we think. On a street style level, you can see the influence of the adolescent spirit Call it what you want, irreverence, angst, creative recklessness. Whatever the personality trait behind the style, teenage muses have consistently come in and out of favor. The "grown ups" who maintain that irreverent attitude toward fashion never fail to keep our attention. Chloe Sevigny, who somehow owns youth even at 40 or the man repelling defiance of Leandra Medine for example always manage to inspire. Fashion, as an industry has always flirted with 'Girlhood'. The ideology behind brands having a "little sister; who identify themselves with a mix of pre-collegiate charm and adult sophistication. Brands like 10 Crosby, See by Chloe and Jil Sander Navy evoke the coolness of ingenues and take themselves a bit less seriously than their more mature sibling. The little sister brand doesn't have to be trailblazing, risque or even beautiful. Only cool and easy. Youth, anger, ambivalence and muffled enthusiasm all go together seamlessly and the adolescent trend attempts to evoke all of these qualities. Our penchant for ironic pins, concert "merch" (Bieber's Purpose Tour, Kanye's Life of Pablo, etc.) and the now highly anointed grown up sneaker movement (we suddenly value our Common Projects with the same cadence we used to value our Choos). We have adopted a propensity toward the IDGAF culture that defines adolescence. Not just with the items and brands we buy but with the way they are styled. The most charming part of the adolescent influence is that it never really leaves. It morphs over time. The Lilys and Willows of today can be closely compared to the Winonas and Drews of yesterday. They are muses that continue to remind us that the concept of age-appropriateness is ultimately a myth.