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Occupy Wall Street Protesters 'Revolutionize' Fashion

By Patrick Michael Hughes | October 17, 2011 12:27pm

DOWNTOWN — DNAinfo.com's Street Chic ventured into the heart of the Occupy Wall Street protest in the financial district’s Zuccotti Park in search of what's revolutionizing fashion.

There are strong vintage pieces reminiscent of the anti-fashion movement of the late 1960s. There is homage to the Glam Rock androgyny of the 1970s, and there are plenty of Steampunk and Crust-Punk accessories, as well as surplus grunge layering from the 1990s.

Directional pieces consisted of washed flannel, ankle boots and traditionally crafted scarves, not unlike the runways of the Fall 2011 collections of Dsquared2 and Band of Outsiders. Occupation fashion also included cagoule shapes (a lightweight hooded rainproof layer) spotted in the 2012 spring collections of Rag and Bone.

Color and pattern also played a role in the street-to-catwalk looks. Yellow accents, gray and red plaid, military green and muted brown shades were very present within a large variety of mixed patterns and graphics.

Many fashion industry trend publications have noted the return of '60s fashion. The boxy-minimalist and engineered looks for Spring 2012 already feel passé against this urban wave of street clothing.

Street Chic also spotted worker gear as a notable fashion component. The utility details including burly work boots, reminded us of the boot trends seen in the Fall 2011 collections of Gant by Michael Bastian and Paul Smith.