Why fashion loves skateboarding

From designer gear to supermodel clothing collaborations, skate culture moves from the street to the runways.

Skateboarding has always been in bed with fashion. In the ‘80s, pro Christian Hosoi was a rock star among the designer set, while the ‘90s ushered in the era of skate-inspired ultra wide leg jeans. These days, models Cara Delevigne, Daria Werby and Hanneli Mustaparta skateboard to fashion shows. Designers are making high-end decks and including decks in their ad campaignsSelfridges even installed a pop-up skate park in London in April. Now the sport is back and cooler than ever, and the resurgence of skate fashion—snapbacks, oversize tees and ugly chic shoes—is at full throttle.

Fresh off the runways, these autumn looks take a cue from skateboard culture, proving that a little youthful rebellion always feels fresh:

dkny x cara delevigne

The It Model designed a collaboration of 24 items including tanks, tees, hoodies, and cheeky beanies that play off her easy and relaxed tomboy style. The threads would look equally chic at a skate park—or your next house party.
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Recently re-launched menswear label Copson was started by Spanish pro skater, clothing designer and writer Maria Fabio. She infuses oversized button-downs, statement sweatshirts, and shorts with a tropical, laid-back vibe
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Riding the flat shoe trend, the couture brand released a collection of skate sneakers re-imagined in rich leathers, floral prints and crystal embellishments that add easy downtown edge to any outfit.
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public school

The New York-made cult brand offers the perfect layering piece: the so-Normcore-it’s-cool Henley. Tie a flannel shirt around your waist and head to the nearest skate ramp.
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hood by air

Designer Shayne Oliver’s designs mix high street with high fashion—and blurs the line between men’s and women’s dressing. Case in point: an androgynous windbreaker that morphs into a gender-neutral dress.
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