Cornell Street Style OctoberOctober 31, 2012 —
By Gavin Zhang and Stephanie Addison
Check out the gallery here.
When the great designer Yves Saint Laurent said, “Fashions fade, Style is eternal,” he was likely referring to the timelessness of a classic white oxford button down, a pair of well-worn jeans, and the flattering drape of a satin dress. He was referring to a gracefulness present in simply throwing on something basic and looking immaculate. The Italians call this “sprezzatura” and the French, “insouciance.”
Yet where Style promotes timelessness and effortlessness in the way an individual dresses, Fashion promotes timeliness and effort in the way an individual dresses. The two worlds seem at loggerheads. This is not the case. Today, we see Style exists as a backbone of the frilliness and forward-looking progress found on the runway in Haute Couture. Simultaneously, we see the influence of new trends on the streets as individuals incorporate Fashion into personal Style.
On the slopes of Cornell University, we see this exciting interplay between Style and Fashion all the time, if only one would take the time to appreciate the dynamism of personal expression. We hope that this new Street Style project will do just that, inspire Cornellians, not only their personal style of dress but also appreciate the sheer volume of diversity we take for granted every day as all of us rush from class to class. We hope this new gallery will help students take a moment out of their hectic lives and relax.
If you see a friendly boy and a girl with a camera approach you to have your picture taken, don’t be alarmed. Simply smile and continue about your day as you were.