The Streets :: 90s Style

With the streets as our backdrop, and the 90s as our inspiration, so began another inspiring project. Shot by Sven Kristian, he added his eye of artistry into the equation by choosing textured backdrops and cascading skylines to give the shoot the right balance of street style tonality and lighting that it deserved. Gina Gilpin, our amazing model from Boss, had the perfect effortless edge and vibrancy to channel the mood and era. Natalie Kitshoff offset natural makeup with spritzed hair to add the right balance to this “out of the gym and onto the streets” look.

After recently starting a clothing label of my own, D|coy street and thrift, my styling was focused on taking retro inspired activewear and streetwear and mixing them up with seasonal trends like tartan, print on print, navy and vintage denim pieces.

Voila! …

_MG_9898 copy crop top & skirt :: D|coy street & thrift, vintage denim jacket, sunglasses :: Mr Price, cap :: stylist’s own.

_MG_0145 copypeak :: Hater @ Stay True, hoodie :: Country Road, bralet :: Topshop, ski pants :: Mr Price Sport, socks & sneaker wedges :: Adidas Originals, glove :: D|coy street & thrift_MG_9830 copytop & bralet :: Topshop, skirt :: Woolworths, vintage denim shirt_MG_9822 copytop & bralet :: Topshop, skirt :: Woolworths, vintage denim shirt, boots :: Topshop_MG_0071 copycropped sweatshirt :: Zara, tog bag :: Country Road, stone washed jeans :: Mr Price, vintage high waisted shorts._MG_9635 copypeak :: Hater @ Stay True, hoodie :: Country Road, bralet :: Topshop, vintage high waisted jeans _MG_9716 copytartan poncho :: D|coy street & thrift, vintage shades._MG_0005 copybeanie :: Topshop, polka dot crop top :: D|coy street & thrift, vintage denim dungarees._MG_9754 copyvintage shades, hoodie :: Country Road, tartan poncho :: D|coy street & thrift, vintage jeans.

A/W ’14 :: Tartan Revolution

Strongly related to the punk revolution, but being born from opposing British heritage, Tartan intrigues us with it’s sub-cultural and unisex versatility. In the late 70s  tartan made waves in the punk scene as an anti-establishment symbol, motivated by Vivienne Westwood and the Sex Pistols to directly rebel against it’s prior use as a symbol of the British aristocracy and authority.Vivienne Westwood took this Scottish heritage pattern and gave it a punk make over, popping it into unexpected colourways and giving it a new design twist and connotation of anti-establishment.  Many designers still use it in updated preppy heritage designs, but with it’s underlying rebellious nature lingering just below the surface, it has intrigued us as a seasonal favourite through and through.

Styling tips:

  • Tie a tartan shirt around your waist with a punk tee, skinny jeans and Docs.
  • Faded vintage store tartan oversized shirts are a perfect retro unisex item. Pair with skinny jeans, leggings or ripped tights.
  • Accessorize slick black or vintage denim ensembles with tartan stockings, or a tartan print bag, scarf or sunglasses.
  • Mix different sizes and colourways of complimentary tartan together for a bold print clash.



German punk wearing a tartan patch, 1984 (link)


Stylish tartan, Vivienne Westwood F/W  ’14 Collection Tartan-Mens-Looks-in-Topman-Winter-2013-Campaign-1

Topman winter ’13 collection

Rihanna for River Island '13

River Island A/W ’13 campaign


Chanel A/W ’13 campaign


Naomi Campbell in multicoloured tartan for Vivenne Westwood, 1993.