Fashion generally works within a trickle-down system: What's hot on high-fashion runways one season typically trickles down to the masses. After the wealthy enjoy the newest trend, the product becomes mass marketed to the point where your average Joe can be seen wearing the lower-priced version of the item du jour.
During this past men's fashion week, however, it seemed designers for Louis Vuitton
and Adam Kimmel
used the streets to inform their high-end collections.
At Louis Vuitton, svelte male models wore temporary neck and arm tattoos created by Brooklyn artist Scott Campbell:
Though typically reserved for basketball players and rappers, the particular adornment trickled up to one of the biggest fashion houses in the world.
Similarly, Adam Kimmel
offered a collection inspired by Snoop Dogg for spring-summer 2011.
He paid homage to one of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time with crisp, sharp suits, khaki pants, and fun jackets befitting a cool rapper. The low-rider bikes were nice touches.
Interestingly enough, what was once considered low class is now high class -- with the high price tag to match