Highsnobiety 18 – Lucien Clarke is featuring the cover of this Disruption Issue
Highsnobiety 18 is dedicated to everyone breaking the old systems and building a new. To a generation redefining the way we express ourselves, creating new markets and learning how to do better for the future. Not only from a fashion perspective. From all perspectives.
As we hurtle through 2019, it’s becoming clear that “the culture” we cover has flattened. The lines between high and low are completely blurred. Streetwear is in the wardrobe’s of old money consumers while the masses are seemingly more luxury literate and fashion-obsessed than ever. It feels we’ve reached peak bubble up and maximum trickle-down, and you already know exactly what that looks like. Supreme x LV felt like the pinnacle. Then came Dior and KAWS, Polo and PALACE. Drip, drip, drop. What was unthinkable a decade ago is now reality.
How did we get here?
While music has long been key to most subcultures, informing and influencing their associated aesthetics, skateboarding stands alone as one of the most quietly influential scenes in the world. Scrappy and authentic, skateboarding style is raw, resourceful and, well, disruptive. Lucien Clarke, professional skateboarder for Palace, and one of the brand’s most recognisable faces, is indicative of a blurring of lines between high-end and street-life, modelling for Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton, among others.
Further exploring the theme of disruption we’ll hone in on sustainability in fashion, both intentional and unintentional, highlighting those deconstructing and reconstructing, those creating new pieces from leftovers, as well as designers and brands who are side-stepping fast fashion to focus on the impact consumption has on our planet.