class of 2017 — perth student style, straight up

In Australia’s most isolated city, fashion kids don’t let distance get them down. Rather, isolation breeds individuality. With less temptation to lift trends from neighbouring cities individuals turn to friends and their surroundings to decide what’s...

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Mar 23 2017, 3:10am

Yosi, 18, studying psychology

Do you feel people in your city have a certain fashion aesthetic?
Perth isn't particularly unique in terms of fashion, however if anything the people of Perth take shoes quite seriously. Even people I know who don't really have an interest in clothing, still know a decent amount about footwear.

What factors feed into how people dress here?
I read somewhere that Perth is the most isolated city in the world, and I guess to some degree this has affected the lack of diversity in fashion. However, I do believe that we are starting to establish an identity of our own.

Remi, 20, studying fashion business

Do you feel people in your city have a certain fashion aesthetic?
People in Perth are all very different and dress very differently, although I have noticed that the way we dress is extremely connected to the music we listen to. There seems to be more freedom in the way we dress and less giving a shit of how people perceive us.

How do you feel it's unique to the rest of the country?
We're quite isolated in Perth which can definitely show in the events we attend. We're likely to run into the same people over and over again and this can create influence and it's very noticeable when trends start to form.

What factors feed into how people dress here?
Mainly the creative scene you are in or the scene you want to be in. People tend to dress to portray a lifestyle not just "oh that looks nice".

Describe your city's style in one sentence?
Connected to music.

Who is your style hero?
Blondie and Stevie Nicks! Hands down.

Matt, 20, studying integrated design

Do you feel people in your city have a certain fashion aesthetic?
It's hard to generalise a whole city with one aesthetic as so many styles exist and it seems people are always trying to change it up. The most common look in Perth involves neutral colours usually accompanied by logos and designs. Street fashion has become increasingly popular due to growing accessibility of garments. However the stores that sell these clothes maintain a particular aesthetic which inevitably limits different styles.

What's something you're seeing everywhere around uni at the moment?
Patchwork denim jeans.

Who is your style hero?
Bernhard Willhelm.

Naomi, 19, studying biomedical science

Do you feel people in your city have a certain fashion aesthetic?
I don't think there's only one fashion aesthetic, there's a few different crowds you could group into: There's the surfy-beachy-indie people look, the bohemian look, the Kardashian look with all the tight clothing, the 90s sporty look, the more sophisticated look etc.

What's something you're seeing everywhere around uni at the moment?
A lot of different types of denim! Like ripped or frayed, tight or baggy, in the form of skirts, pants, shorts and jackets.

What would you never wear?
I would never wear fluorescent colours or those rift shoes that look like gloves for your feet.

Who is your style hero?
Possibly my mum (laughs). She keeps it very simple and I love simple because it's less stressful.

Declan, 19, studying commerce

Do you feel like your people in your city have a certain fashion aesthetic?
I don't feel as though Perth has its own fashion aesthetic; being such a multicultural society I think there is a mix of all fashion types — especially at uni. It creates this kind of a melting pot of different styles which build off each other.

What's something you're seeing everywhere around uni at the moment?
A trend that I have seen around the uni but also just around in general would be striped clothing, the navy blue/black and white striped pattern is very prominent everywhere.

What would you never wear?
There isn't any clothing that I would say that I would "never wear", I appreciate what others find as fashionable even if I wouldn't actively seek out and choose to wear the same things. But if I had to pick one it would have to be shirts with the long "fishtail" or just an exaggerated back to the shirt, not throwing shade at those people but I wouldn't ever rock one of those.

Describe your city's style in one sentence?
"A mix of both high fashion and casual wear blended together to create a fashion culture that envelops everything rather than separating styles into categories that differentiate people apart."

Amaani, 20, studying media and communications

Do you feel people in your city have a certain fashion aesthetic?
Although small Perth holds an amazing range of differing looks and creative styling. The chilled out and incredibly relaxed nature of WA tends to influence the shirt, shorts and no shoes combo — regular Perth attire. However the creative scene is evolving and I feel people are expressing that through their dress.

What influences fashion here?
I've found the distance from the other major cities has allowed the Perth demographic to delve into different looks and to do a bit more experimentation when piecing things together. It's also allowed us to steer away from what's trending in the other states. Instead, in my opinion we find influence and inspiration from our surroundings and creative exploration.

What's something you're seeing everywhere around uni at the moment?
Slides upon slides upon slides. Colored socks with Reebok or Vans sneakers, linen pants, leather Gucci slipper look-a-likes (#unipoor).

Who is your style hero?
Hardest question ever! Jane Birkin, Marianne Faithfull, Stevie Nicks and Cher are all equal first.

Georgia, 18, studying naturopathy

Do you feel people in your city have a certain fashion aesthetic?
Perth aesthetic is street, but eccentric. I like to think it embraces individuality so style between genders is pretty fluid.

How do you feel it's unique to the rest of the country?
The dry heat makes style very casual, so pieces are more likely to be quirky without the luxury of layering. Perth's quite isolated compared to the east coast, there's less influence. This makes online shopping more valuable, we spend more time searching for rare pieces.

Describe your city's style in one sentence?
Perth style is vintage and expressive.

Credits


Photography Michael Tartaglia