5 trends from the streets of London to keep on your radar
Walking the streets of London is a constant source of inspiration and the capital always has amazing new things to discover in terms of food, art or fashion. It’s a place where streetwear blends with high fashion and where odd and unexpected items suddenly become the must-have of the zeitgeist. Here we give you a hint at five trends that have arisen from the mix and match of cultures inhabiting London and making it an exciting city to be in.
Vegan junk food
We’ve seen so many people go down the no meat route and more and more restaurants now offer vegan options or have completely banned animal products from their kitchen. But being vegan doesn’t mean you only have to eat salads and bland veggies, there’s a plethora of greasy junk food now available and completely guilt-free. Take Temple of Seitan for example, a vegan ‘chicken’ shop where all their fried meat is replaced by the wheat protein known as seitan and has become a popular spot for a quick take away dinner. New York chain By Chloé – a serious hangout for girls that want to get their junk food fix with less calories – opened its first location in Covent Garden last year and are now about to inaugurate their fourth restaurant. They specialise in vegan burgers and tofu fish’n’chips in a very girly setting where you can also have delicious brunch until 4pm on weekends. Along the same line, Shoreditch newcomer Genesis offers street food-inspired dishes that are 100% plant based and boasts an organic international menu including Mexican tacos, Vietnamese banh mi and Israeli shawarma. Healthy but insanely yummy!
Who knew the 90s bum bag would make a drastic come back in 2018? The belt bag started out in the streets as an addition to the cool kid look. It has now reached new heights with major brands jumping on the trend and offering chic utility bags that are easy and stylish to wear even over 25. This practical accessory ranges from a tiny purse tied around the waist to a multi-pocketed bag carrying our essentials and leaving us completely hands free. Mixing comfort and style, the trend has even spread to the utility vest that comes with useful pockets and adds a military edge to any outfit. The fanny pack can be worn as much over a sophisticated suit than a sporty nylon look or combined with a pretty dress to tone down the feminine ensemble.
Velcro strap sandals
We’ve seen ugly shoes taking over the fashion world for a few years – think Birkenstock and the big chunky sneakers. Now the buckled Velcro-strap sandals have gone from comfy walking shoes to hype desirable footwear. On top of the list stand Prada’s rubbery platforms that started the revival of these not-so-sexy sandals spotted on cool girls attending fashion events. If you can’t afford a logo-emblazoned pair though (it’s a seasonal piece after all), high street stores Urban Outfitters or Pull and Bear also have the prefect match. Wear them with satin slip skirts and midi dresses for a busy day in the city, while they also stand for the practical shoes to sport on all your summer activities.
Just as the floral dress, sun hats are summer’s go-to item, and if you thought they were only destined to tourist dads, think again! This summer, tie-dye and pastel-hued hats will be our best friend come the festival season to keep cool and protected from the damaging sunrays. And we’re not talking about the Valentino or Jacquemus oversized straw hats but rather the light cotton pieces that are practical and reminiscent of childhood moments spent at the beach. From wide-brim hats to narrow bucket styles and hybrid versions, there’s definitely one that will suit your taste, whether it comes in a bold print or a minimalist colour. If you live in a rainy country like England, we advise you to opt for the waterproof patent piece in case of any weather change.
Marine skin care
In beauty as in food, we’ve been praising the benefits of organic products over the ones filled with nasty chemicals. But the new advancement in terms of skincare comes from our oceans, where we’ll be finding nature’s greatest ingredients in the form of seaweed, algae and other miraculous plants. As their principal component is water, they’re great to keep your skin hydrated and fresh after exposing it to the sun, pollution or stress. If you’re not going on holidays this summer, make sure to bring the coast into your bathroom with those marine-infused products!