“In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes,” Andy Warhol said in 1968. His prophecy captures the current state of street style to a T—although today it’s more like 15 seconds.
In the age of smartphones and social media, everyone can be a street style star. #StreetStyle clocks over 12 million posts on Instagram. Facebook, dating apps, and the Internet in general have made everyone more self-aware about the way they get dressed. It’s totally democratic now.
My first exposure to “street style” came in 2007 during a fashion closet internship at Teen Vogue. Taylor Tomasi Hill was the accessories director at the time, and I became obsessed with her personal style (apparently, I wasn’t alone), coveting these vertiginous, chunky biker boots she wore by the cult, now-defunct NYC label Phi.