High School with High Fashion Communities
By Brandon Llamas
The influence of pop culture has generated the subtle growth of streetwear at Novato High. This is defined by Wikipedia as a style of fashion inspired by California skatewear, Japanese casual-wear, and modern runway couture.
Many students on campus have taken to stylistic choices reminiscent of the 90’s, including denim overalls, Converse sneakers, and bold graphic tees.
Novato High junior Cailan Ferguson had much to say about the vintage trends and threads around the campus.
“The 90’s, in general, is coming back,” said Ferguson. “Take one look around the school; you see a lot of high-waisted jeans, a lot of the same tops, etcetera, etcetera. The more retro aesthetic, which is what I’m a fan of, like checkered things and old racecar jackets, is making a comeback in the fashion industry.”
To help encourage the growth of this culture around NHS, two juniors, Annika Sparrow and Rhett Martino, took it upon themselves to launch a Fashion Design Club. They have even managed to land a financial sponsorship from a San Francisco-based clothing insitute, providing them with funding beyond the reach of most school clubs.
“Last year I started it; it was kind of rickety, but I started a sponsorship with The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, where they give us money,” Martino said. “That inspires a growing segment of us in the Product Design class to be making clothes. There are scholarship opportunities for camps outside of school, and also colleges…definitely something that would help if you were trying to apply.”
Some of this development can also be attributed to the increasing popularity of news outlets such as Complex, Hypebeast, and even Reddit. These websites can all be very influential to a younger generation.
Another junior, Trent Helton, expressed his support for these websites.
“It’s great that a kid develops their own fashion sense at an early age, because it really makes you an individual if you’re just trying to do your own thing,” said Helton. “I used to follow MaleFashionAdvice, the subreddit, a lot, but then I kinda just stopped and started doing my own thing.”
However, he also expressed a distaste for some of the newer styles popping up in this niche.
“People are trying really hard to look modern, which, honestly, I think is kind of dumb, like lots of hard edges, really defined silhouettes, and a lot of really skinny, tight stuff,” Helton added.
Novato High School continues to allow the growth of very diverse cultures, including some of the more avant-garde notions in clothing. Hopefully, this trend pushes the boundaries of fashion even further in coming years.