Is There Such A Thing As "Global" Style?


Most of us don’t get our fashion inspiration from glossy mags or red carpets anymore. Ever since the rise of social media, the way we present and consume fashion has changed drastically. But with this ever-expanding collective influence, the actual fashion that gets shared seems to be reaching a singularity. Rather, no matter if you're in Brooklyn, Bangalore, or Berlin, there seems to be a distinct look that's popular everywhere. You know it: It's unisex, heavy on the nostalgia, slightly skater, and relies on brands as diverse and specific as Off White, Vetements, Loewe, and Adidas. It's fuzzy jackets and dad hats worn with joggers and sneakers, with ripped denim, pristine fishnets, and a sparkly sock boot. But, the reason for its universality has a lot to do with the kind of modern, involved lives women are living these days. We're more diverse than ever, more open than ever, and more inclined to ditch convention when it doesn't serve our needs. And that's happening all over. We decided to take a look at how this local-gone-global approach plays out in the hometown of one of Refinery29's local editions, Berlin. Being the ever vibrant, pulsating city that it is, Berlin has managed to craft a unique sensibility that sets it apart from the other fashion capitals in Germany (and Europe), so we decided to ask two Berlin-born young women, Cassandra Jean-Francois and Marie-Paule Bamage, what they think about their individual styles. You’re both from Berlin originally, which is actually quite rare these days. What are your favorite places in the city? Cassandra Jean-Francois: "A lot of the times you’ll find me in Kreuzberg or Mitte. My friends are really scattered all over the city, which is why these two neighborhoods are really good to, sort of, meet in the middle. They also have a bunch of really nice cafés and bars, and a lot of nice stores, too. I have to admit, though, that as a West-Berlin kid, I don’t hang out in Friedrichshain or Prenzlauer Berg quite that much. I live in Moabit and I feel really comfortable there, because it’s got everything you need right nearby: cute little coffee shops, grocery stores and corner delis — and the U9, which is one of the most important subway lines of the city." Marie-Paule Bamage: "For me, that’d be Neukölln and Mitte. I live in Neukölln, and it’s where I feel most comfortable. I love the intense mix of Turkish and Arabic culture, and to have all these people around me,...

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