When Did It Become Posh To Look Poor?

Recent publicity around $700+ running shoes at Nordstrom, shoes that look like something most people would throw away, and other, less fortunate people would wear out of necessity, inspired us to run an excerpt from a February 2017 article in NYLON entitled 'For Many Designers, Homelessness Is A Trend' by Kristin Iverson.

Iverson writes, it wouldn't be a New York Fashion Week without a controversy, and this latest iteration is no exception with perhaps the most glaring—and frankly disturbing—example being a new "trend" promoted by several different designers: "homeless style."

Several runway shows this year featured looks that were inspired by the homeless, including that of Daisuke Obana's N. Hoolywood.

Showgoers at N. Hoolywood received notes before the presentation, which explained Obana's inspiration, saying:

As our designer traveled the cities of America, he witnessed the various ways in which people there lived on the streets and the knowledge they have acquired while doing so. His observations of these so-called homeless or street people revealed that them [sic] to be full of clever ideas for covering the necessities of life. Space blankets or moving blankets can be fashioned into coats for cold days, and plastic bags can double as waterproof boots when it rains.