Here, projecting catalog-model cordiality in the sterile space of an off-white backdrop, was a young black man in a hoodie. On the street, a black guy in a hoodie is just another of the many millions of men and boys dressed in the practical gear of an easygoing era. Or he should be.
When year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida on February 26th — the result of an apparent confrontation with George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer — he was wearing a hooded sweatshirt. Musicians are getting involved, too. Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera cautioned young black and Hispanic men not to wear hoodies, for fear that they could become victims of social profiling and violence.
The portrayal of teenage boys as "yobs" in the media has made the boys wary of other teenagers, according to new research. Figures show more than half of the stories about teenage boys in national and regional newspapers in the past year 4, out of 8, were about crime. The word most commonly used to describe them was "yobs" timesfollowed by "thugs" times"sick" times and "feral" 96 times.
F eared, derided, misunderstood and still resolutely un-hugged, the utilitarian, hugely popular sportswear garment, the hoodie, has staged a comeback against a backdrop of pyromania and rioting. Worn by millions every day: a generation's default wardrobe choice was transformed into an instant criminal cloak for London's looting youth. It may be more newsworthy now, but the hoodie and the folk devil it represents have been with us for a long time.
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The hoodie. What was once a core item in our lazy weekend wardrobe has now evolved into the white-hot fashion necessity for street style stars. Famously starting off at the french line Vetements inand worn by the likes of Justin Bieber, this trend has influenced designers from Alexander Wang and Off White to Tommy Hilfiger.
From the sidelines of sports fields to the runways of Paris, the hooded sweatshirt is one of our most iconic wardrobe staples. Streetwear influences in high-fashion can be seen as far back as the collections of Yves Saint Laurent, who regularly drew inspiration from the streets of Paris and the women around him to create a new vision of strong feminine sexuality. Rubchinskiy explores adolescent life in Russia through the lens of Moscow's skate scene, culminating in sportswear collections that sell-out almost instantly.