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Sharon Song: The Un-pedestrian Pedestrians of NYFW

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Photo: Sharon Song, Copyright 2017

 

Photography and Text by Sharon Song, Copyright 2017

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THE UN-PEDESTRIAN PEDESTRIANS OF NYFW

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Walking the streets of NYC during New York Fashion week elicited a kind of emotion unlike any other I have ever experienced before. Growing up just a little outside of the city that never sleeps, I have always been aware of the unique and eclectic styles of NYC’s inhabitants. However, I had never seen such a concentrated population of such bold fashion statements crossing downtown streets in this magnitude. People elected to express their passion for fashion and self-expression with vibrant colors in both garment and hair. Patterns from busy to more simple designs were donned, yet each meticulously curated look said something significant about the canvas it was showcased on; the person.

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Photo: Sharon Song

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New York Fashion week exemplified the variation that exists in street fashion. Although trends come and go, being self-expressive always persists. Models clad in metallic chose to reflect the sun’s light that day, while those in denim opted to put their own twist on something more traditional and timeless. Individuals chose leather to express their edge and funky sunglasses to represent their quirks. Personality was built into every thoughtful garment and accessory. These pedestrians were anything but pedestrian. They were risk takers, trying to push the boundaries of common trends and establish new and unique ones.

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Photo: Sharon Song, Copyright 2017

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Above all, the common theme that I noticed was that people were proud. Every individual was excited to show off their looks and few shied away from curiosity towards their ensembles. They were flattered by admirers’ interest in their styles, and willingly posed for requested shots.

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Photo: Sharon Song, Copyright 2017

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Their outfits called for attention and praise, which onlookers readily gave. This, in turn, offered appreciation for the creativity and individuality of the people behind these looks. As a result of the progressive nature of NYC, people were given the opportunity to be bold about their vulnerabilities and insecurities. The environment was one that exuded acceptance and collective love for fashion. Thus, it was here, on the streets of New York, that everyone could be the most true and honest version of themselves.

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Photo: Sharon Song, Copyright 2017

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Photo: Sharon Song, Copyright 2017

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Photo: Sharon Song, Copyright 2017

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Portrait of Sharon Song by Karishma Sheth, Copyright 2017

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About The Author: Sharon Song is a Senior enrolled in the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2018

 

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