What Fashion Week Street Style Looked Like 5 Years Ago

In an industry increasingly placing emphasis on the present and future, it can feel like a breath of fresh air to reflect on stylish times past. And because we’re a handful of days away from the start of New York Fashion Week, we decided to dig through the street style archives to give you a glimpse at how fashion week regulars were dressing half a decade ago. Scroll down to see outfits from insiders like Taylor Tomasi Hill, Giovanna Battaglia, and more!


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WHO: Giovanna Battaglia

Very few could pull off the bold combinations and proportions that Battaglia has mastered.


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WHO: Sarah Rutson

We weren’t surprised to find dozens of covetable past street style looks from Net-a-Porter’s VP of global buying.


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WHO: Taylor Tomasi Hill

We’ve always been drawn to this style setter’s avant-garde approach to dressing.


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WHO: Shiona Turini

We think we just decided on our Valentine’s Day outfit…


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WHO: Christine Centenera

Never a non-chic moment with the Vogue Australia fashion director.


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WHO: Virginia Smith

We present the Vogue way to wear flannel.


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WHO: Kate Foley

This It Brit’s fuchsia lipstick is totally inspiring our next night-out look.


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WHO: Natalie Joos

The Tales of Endearment founder has clearly always had a knack for mixing and matching.


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WHO: Jane Keltner de Valle

We love how she tied in her stripes with a pair of opaque tights!


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WHO: Miroslava Duma

A high-low coat with leather shorts—well played, Duma!


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WHO: Natasha Goldenberg

Oh what we’d give for her Prada banana skirt.


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WHO: Elin Kling

The Totême founder’s take on all black is downtown style at its finest.


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WHO: Joanna Hillman

The now fashion director at Harper’s Bazaar layered a furry cropped coat over her crimson maxi.

Keep going to shop standout pieces inspired by street style!


Zara Printed Pajama Style Blouse (£40) and Culottes (£40).

Who has been your street style inspiration? Let us know in the comments box below.

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Nicole Kliest
Freelance Contributor

Nicole Kliest is a freelance writer and editor based in New York City who focuses on fashion, travel, food, wine, and pretty much anything else that's amusing to write about. After graduating from Pepperdine University with a bachelor's in journalism and creative writing, she started her career back in 2010 as Who What Wear's photo editor and throughout the last decade has contributed to publications including Fashionista, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, The Zoe Report, PopSugar, Fodor's Travel, and several others. She also copywrites and has worked with clients such as Frame, Sea, 3x1, Intelligentsia, and others to develop brand voices through storytelling and creative marketing. She's very passionate about the ways we can improve our sustainability efforts in the fashion industry as well as cultivating content that's diverse and inclusive of all people. When she's not checking out the latest restaurant opening in her West Village neighborhood or riding her bicycle along the West Side Highway, she can be found scheming her next trip somewhere around the world. (Up next is Vienna.)