Trend report: Good sports
Run, don't walk
Following on from the recent release of Dior's 'Fusion Sneakers' – a move that came hot on the heels of Chanel's similar look last season, it's fair to say that fashion is welcoming some healthy competition in more ways than one at present.
Sport has crept into our lives – and on the pages of fashion publications gradually over the past several years, with almost every big magazine title banking in on the trend with sports-led supplements each year. They used to simply highlight items from collaborations, for example Stella McCartney or Opening Ceremony's work with Adidas, and editorial blended the likes of sports hoodies and headbands with a smattering of chic, luxury items. Not so, anymore.
Now, the right kind of look is for such inspiration can be found on the catwalks during all major fashion weeks. Who can forget Tom Ford's loud and proud, sequin embellished American football tops? On the contrary, it is in fact difficult to find a fashion brand that avoids any element of sporting appeal whatsoever. And this is just the beginning, it's a trend that is only gaining pace, so to speak...
Tommy Hilfiger, DKNY
We have come to expect the aesthetic from the likes of Marc by Marc Jacobs, Lacoste and Tommy Hilfiger - it's in each label's DNA, after all. However basketball net inspired shirts at Gucci and cropped windbreaker jackets by Vera Wang, the reigning Queen of wedding fashion? This is something new. Sweat pants, so long as they are worn with a splash of style, are no longer exclusively reserved for the gym.
basketball net inspired shirts at Gucci and cropped windbreaker jackets by Vera Wang, the reigning Queen of wedding fashion? This is something new...
Yes, the Olympic Games are over, but there is still one game going on that is near-enough impossible to lose – this is 'fashionable awareness' that's all about the details. Whether its a dose of bright cycling shorts popping out from your hemline, as seen on the Theyskens' Theory runway, or a jewel encrusted sun visor by Marni – you don't need to go hard or go home when it comes to this ever-winning trend.
Paco Rabanne, Sacai
Alexander Wang, Emilio Pucci, Marc by Marc Jacobs
Gucci, Vera Wang, Rag & Bone
Tom Ford, Stella McCartney
Theyskens' Theory, Celine