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April 6, 2012
This year with the London Olympics well under way, sporty influences are unavoidable in fashion. On the spring runways, tributes to sportswear were omnipresent and from head to toe.
First off with hair and make-up, locks were kept dewy at Proenza Schouler. The design duo took on the trend with messy waves going in rebellious directions. Alexander Wang opt for high shine athletic strands as if the models have just gone out of the water from a swim. Make-up looks were kept minimal with radiant and healthy skin. With big, bouncy hair, the Versace girl also oozed an active glow with simple mascara and clear lip-gloss.
Newly appointed creative directors at Kenzo, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim debuted their Spring 2012 collection with primary colours of tangerine, royal blue and mint green. It was a sporty revamp of the label with zip-up hoodies, tracksuit jackets, parkas and boxy jackets. There was a lot of play on texture and volume as well in taut nylon-ish fabrics. Patterns that resembled enlarged mesh were in all places – on coats, shirts and skirts. A fun sportif finishing touch was added with caps, visors and mesh totes.
Alexander Wang’s take was urban athletic chic. Opening with mesh bombers and vests, he then moved onto some too-chic-for-tennis shirts and shorts. Wang also paid homage to water sports with blue aquatic prints. The need for speed was amped up when body conscious, fitted cycling gear and helmets were sent down the runway. Topped off with cross body leather duffle bags, Wang had the whole Olympics covered.
Designer for the Team GB Olympics kit, it was without doubt that Stella McCartney slotted quite a few athletic elements into her spring collection. Wave like appliqués on asymmetric dresses and tops; mesh tank tops and flowing trousers; relaxed shorts and oversized polo shirts with double pockets; even down to the pool sandals all suggested an active character for the McCartney girl.
Spring trends aside, high top trainers are all the rage at the moment. Ever since the Isabel Marant wedge trainers became a favourite for models off duty and street snapshots, they have been quite literally flying off the shelves. Other designer brands quickly followed suit – high shine metallic sneakers from Maison Martin Margiela, polished leather from See by Chloe and last but not least studded Christian Louboutin high-tops. Athletic or not, this footwear movement is not going anywhere. Dip your toes in the water with high-street choices from Topshop or Ash. After all, this is a perfect break from killer heels.