Well if the past weekend is anything to go by, Spring has sprung. I spent the days catching up with various friends in my local park, London Fields, as did half of the Hackney kids. And the kids of Hackney have adopted their Summer wardrobes with gusto it seems falling into a series of fashion tribes.
Most of the girls followed a strict uniform of short-shorts, big clunky boots (DMs) or shoes (clogs, naturally), oversized white silk shirts or colourful tees and bare legs. Like Courtney if she was still with Kurt. The diehards also wore goosebumps on their legs as soon as the sun went down and temperatures dropped to what felt like freezing point. The boys in the park were only slightly more varied, fitting into three or four various camps.
There were the lads in their skinny black jeans, deep V AA tees and blue denim over shirts with hiked-up sleeves, who had rolled into the Fields straight out of the pub from the night before. This is a tried and tested look (and drinking style!) that has been around for many a season in these parts and will be for many more. True Rock Gods.
The Rock Boys competed with the High-Summer-Festival-Blokes; think cut-off 501s, flipflops, and washed out gig tees with a short sleeved check shirt worn open over them. A bit early for this amount of skin, if you ask me. They shared goosebumps with their girlfriends as the afternoon turned to evening…
These camps were balanced out by the Chino Gang. Pants rolled to well above the ankle, they were worn with white plimsolls, loose, breezy linen or checked shirts and a straw stingy. A light cotton knit slung casually over the shoulders topped them off. The more dapper of the lot had a navy washed cotton blazer to hand for when the sun started to dip. Chinos featured in slim or tapered fits and both new and vintage had a well worn look. McQueen Persols were the order of the day.
I’m interested to see how the trends flesh out as the summer comes into full swing. My bet is that the chino gang will win a hell of a lot more devotees by the end than the other crews. They’ve already won me.