Fashion Focus: The history and influence of sports in the fashion world

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The history and influence of sports in the fashion world

If you are keen on chic clothing and know something of sporting activities, you will not be surprised to learn just how much influence sports and sports attire have had on the world of mainstream fashion – both designer labels and off the rack gear. Often, a specific style will have its origins in the world of sport, but then you will find it at your local department store or see it worn by a model in a fashion magazine. Look carefully at some of the styles you see around you and you will soon realize that the shoes and clothing styles that were designed to be of functional use for sports activities have been turned into fashionable staples for everyone.

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Popular influences

Originally designed for players who used the basketball or tennis court, for running or other athletic purposes, sneakers are now a part of everyone’s normal shoe collection, particularly those who favor urban street style. Basketball jerseys are another example. First worn by players, then by fans, both basketball jersey styles and the most popular colors and numbers have since been adopted by fashionconscious consumers. T-shirts and skirts developed to meet the needs of women tennis players, by keeping them cool and offering them freedom of movement, have also inspired mainstream fashion designs.

Baseball caps trend

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History suggests that the Brooklyn Excelsiors wore the first rounded-top baseball caps in 1860, which then became known as the Brooklynstyle cap. In common with most sports-influenced design ideas, specific features were intended to improve athletic performance or provide better protection. In the case of the baseball cap, the peak was intended to protect players’ eyes. Baseball caps, like sneakers, remain a popular fashion item for young people.

Karlie Kloss is a High Energy Enigma in the Vogue Paris March 2012

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The same trends apply to winter sports activities – brands that were introduced for snowboarders and skiing enthusiasts were quickly taken up by celebrities and thus became a high-impact influence. With the increasing popularity of sports clothing and footwear, many sponsors of sport saw an opportunity to broaden their reach, and today many items carry a firm logo or brand colors, including jerseys, shoes, T-shirts and baseball caps.

The Edita Vilkeviciute Vogue Paris Editorial is Genuinely Sporty

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New trends

Today’s sportswear is highly sophisticated and designed to enhance athletic performance. It is interesting to note that sponsorship has also moved on. For example, it is not unusual to find that a designer brand that sponsors female athletes is interested in producing garments such as a women’s elbow sleeve, knee sleeve or compression band, which are not always seen by consumers. Perhaps the philosophy is that if the item of clothing is both comfortable and practicable, and valued initially by athletes, then it will move into mainstream consciousness given time.
Alla Kostromichova Stars in Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam July 2014 Editorial

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Next time you are at a sporting event, take a look around at what the audience is wearing – as well as the players. They may just hold the key to upcoming fashion trends, and if you pay attention you could be lucky enough to get ahead of the game!

Flare ‘Most Valuable Players’ Stars a Blue-Haired Bekah Jenkins

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Fashion Video: INTIMACY 2.0 interactive fashion and dresses by Roosegaarde

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Fashion Video :

INTIMACY 2.0 interactive fashion and dresses by Roosegaarde

http://www.studioroosegaarde.net/
‘Intimacy 2.0’ features Studio Roosegaardeʼs new, high-tech wearable dresses composed of leather and smart e-foils which are daringly perfect to wear on the red carpet. The e-foils become transparent and opaque in response to the heartbeat of the model wearing the e-dress.

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Fashion Focus: Refined Apriarist’s Headpiece by Alexander McQueen for Spring/Summer 2013

Carey Mulligan Stars in Flaunt Magazine Cover Shoot by Stevie and Mada
Carey Mulligan n Flaunt Magazine Cover Shoot by Stevie and Mada

One of the most remarkable fashion houses – Alexander McQueen without a doubt puts a stamp of fashion significance season by season proving the existence of a wearable yet progressive idea of style. The house unveils not only the synergy of ethereal art and awe-inspiring fashion, but also the infusion of refined, edgy and wearable factor as the most coveted one.  The Spring/Summer 2013 presentation was a feast for eyes thanks to the concept of the sophisticated beekeepers armored with the  marvelous headpieces all together with the queen of bees’ personification and the honey comb constructions.

Take a look at the Fashion Focus Gallery presenting the sophisticated headpieces of Alexander McQueen:

Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2013 Campaign
Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2013 Campaign
Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2013 Campaign
Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2013 Campaign
Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2013 Campaign
Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2013 Campaign

 

Miranda Kerr Poses for Terry Richardson in Purple Magazine’s Spring/Summer Issue
Miranda Kerr Poses for Terry Richardson in Purple Magazine’s Spring/Summer Issue
The sweetest thing by will davidson in Vogue Australia
The Sweetest Thing by Will Davidson in Vogue Australia April 2013
PUNK PRENSES EHREN DORSEY BY EMRE UNAL FOR VOGUE TURKEY MAY 2013
Punk Prenses Ehren Dorsey by Emre Unal for Vogue TURKEY MAY 2013
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Karlie Kloss for Neiman Marcus’ Art of Fashion Spring 2013 Campaign
Karen Elson Graces Harper’s Bazaar UK May 2013 Cover in Alexander McQueen
Karen Elson for Harper’s Bazaar UK May 2013 Cover in Alexander McQueen
Julia Frauche and Daniela Braga Are ‘Blood Sisters’ for Numéro #140 by Sebastian Kim
Julia Frauche and Daniela Braga Are ‘Blood Sisters’ for Numéro #140 by Sebastian Kim
Josephine Skriver is a Hat Lady for V Magazine 83 by Jason Kim
Josephine Skriver is a Hat Lady for V Magazine 83 by Jason Kim
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Franzi Mueller for Vogue Germany February 2013 by Sebastian Kim
Tim Walker Shoots Tilda Swinton For W Mag May 2013
Tim Walker Shoots Tilda Swinton For W Mag May 2013

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132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE – Design of the Year 2012 Fashion Award

Mathematical precision of origami art with the fashion conscious wit were the most inspiring factors among others that enabled 132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE to win an  “Oscar”  in the fashion category of Design of the Year 2012. The event was held on 23rd of April, 2012 in Design Museum in London.  With the high-grade fellows including Sara Burton from Alexander McQueen, Phebe Philo from Celine or young designer Mary Katrantzou, Issey Miyake conquered the hearts beating renowned wedding gown of the Duchess Kate along with the sensational exhibition “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” with his eco-friendly approach of fashion-forward concept merging traditional Japanese art and sartorial aesthetics at the high-fashion rate.

The awarded design of 132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE was created by Issey Miyake and Reality Lab team – revolutionary collaboration aiming at innovative approach into the face of fashion with the core of experimental wearability. Following the dimensional inclinations of Issey Miyake‘s brand, the model is enhanced by the mathematical algorithms creating a great diversity of three-dimensional shapes. The groundbreaking idea transforms flat geometry pieces into the artful apparel. What is more, the 132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE line has a very strong base for environmental protection thanks to the use of extraordinary yet generally acknowledged material – recycled PET products. As a new challenge, the line will definitely stand for creative innovations with the motto of “Regeneration and Re-creation” and the infinite aspiration to design “clothes that bring joy and happiness to wearers” <source>.

As one of the admirers of Issey Miyake’s signature I would like to congratulate this well-deserved award :). 

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Harem Royal – Screwpulous Jewelry. Beauty as a weapon.

Harem Royal – Screwpulous Jewelry is an exceptional place where beauty becomes a weapon according to its inseparable innate power. The camouflage of romantic ethereality clashing with unrestrained vigor of the nature capture all the juxtaposed factors of Harem Royal – delicateness of butterfly wings and strength of the precious metals, past influences and the homage of the present, softness of the perception and majestic cruelty. The creative mind of Harem Royal – Srdjan polished his creative background as a costume designer in theatrical environment continuing rich experience in the movie industry. Seeking for true knowledge Srdjan believes in sublime – “the beauty that settles for nothing and forgives no one. Beauty as a weapon. This profound blend morphing with combustible attraction.”  That is a complete depiction of femme fatale idea – the beauty that astonishes with uniqueness and besets with fierce. To acknowledge it means playing with the sharp edge of the razor blade. You are aware that the smooth surface of knife may end with cruel consequences but nothing can restrain you from touching the rigid blade. That goes along with the concept of Harem Royal that unifies meticulous craftsmanship with the dramatic touch of Medieval, Gothic and Neo Victorian refinement”. In order to find the balance between seductive nature of Orient and Western’s craving for power, Harem Royal main aim is to acquire an absolute contentment of the woman with her contradictory individuality and secret desires.  
The craftsmanship of Harem Royal is hidden in the handmade production that joins passion for artefact, astonishment of the innate transformation and weapon ardor influenced by pagan beliefs, Greek mythology and Jung’s- oriented perception of psyche and awe-inspiring majesty.
The jewels are made of mixture of precious metals including copper enriched with the palette of finishes ranging from the fines 24-karat gold plate to cupric patina in different forms. The striking ornamentation taken from the nature like exotic skins and fur, genuine butterfly, moth, dragonfly wings and pearls signature the exclusivity with eco friendly solutions. The collection is the response to the beauty of metamorphosis filling the gap between vulnerable chrysalis stadium and indestructible final.
When I encountered with the beauty of Harem Royal I was completely mesmerized with the concept not only because of the rate of my sensitiveness and secret desires. It was this specific kind of similar experience from my early years recited with poetic easiness by the creative mind of Harem Royal – Srdjan. He described the most important influences in his creativity through innocent amazement of childhood over the nature and all attributes that completely absorbed my own, pure, unpolluted feelings as a child – sunny days on the countryside, the smell of the meadows, aroma and softness of the humid soil, cool shadow of lush forests. You read his bio like a fascinating novel that instills your imagination with new realities. There is this entrancing power of rich influences from tradition that speak with unction about passion for nature, uncontaminated approach and perceptible supremacy of experience during childhood years. There are like whispers from the upbringing fascinating stories, the aura of the countryside, magnetic impressions of sun on the ocean, lonely walks by the coastline…

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Bjorg Jewellery – 2012 LOOKBOOK

Mysticism of ancient legends and surrealism of modern sci – fi odyssey are the keys that encapsulate the poetry, romance and futurism bewitched in Bjorg Jewellery. This is very unique and exceptional line not only because of its eco friendly approach or dedication to craftsmanship tradition. The concept that balances between fine and raw is the key to the mystery of Bjorg jewels. Surrealistic inspirations infused with Charles Darwin’s point of view and ancient truths of mythology summarize nomadic approach and industrial touch of accessories. That is probably because of the origins, creative background in art and inspirational life of the creator of the Bjorg Jewellery Bjorg Nordli Mathisen. As the supporter of nomadic lifestyle and everlasting traveling he searches for creative stimulus around the world. From the origin of Bjorg Jewellery in 2004 Bjorg releases two conceptual collections per year.  The latest line for 2012 entitled “Not all those who wander are lost” sounds like a proverb of wisdom whispered by the ancient prophets. You may feel these insubstantial powers through stunning lookbook conveying dreamlike scenarios of Misty Mountains where the time stopped in one point keeping the presence of Dark Knights and Beautiful Maidens captured in Arthurian Legends. The jewels reveal deep admiration for precious stones with iridescent colours, horsehair and feathers, claws, wings, chains and intricacy of spine construction and relic pieces.

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Chanel Pre-Fall 2012 Paris Bombay Collection Full Show



Chanel Paris-Bombay Métiers d’Art show 
Embroideries by Lesage for Chanel
Head pieces by Maison Michel for Chanel
Shoes by Massaro for Chanel
Jewelry by Desrues for Chanel
Makeup by Peter Philips
Hair by Sam McKnight
Michel Gaubert’s sitar-free soundtrack 



Models: Stella Tennant, Kasia Struss, Arizona Muse, Saskia de Brauw, Kinga Rajzak, Aymeline Valade, Baptiste Giabiconi, Sara Blomqvist, Sigrid Agren, Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Diana Dondoe, Crystal Renn, Caroline de Maigret, Amanda Sanchez, Jasmine Tookes, Melissa Tammerijn, Othilia Simon, Julia Nobis, Anja Rubik, Edie Campbell, Julia Johansen, Mirte Maas, Antonia Wesseloh, Margaret Kualley, Jacquelyn Jablonski, Rose Smith, Denisa Dvorakova, Kelly Gale, Jyothsna Chakravarthy, Audrey Marnay, Saskia de Brauw, Daphne Groeneveld, Alina Kozelkova, Lindsey Wixson, Sophie Srej, Yasmin Lebon, Malthe Madsen, Kinga Rajzak, Melissa Stasiuk, Amber Lebon, Sasha, Lakhsmi Menon, Alissah Ali, Baptiste Giabiconi, Benjamin Eidem, Shanina Shaik, Daphne Groeneveld.

FashBack: Mad Magic Magnificent – Karen Elson by Steven Klein in Vogue Italia

Vogue Italia March 2004
Editorial: Mad Magic Magnificent
Photographer: Steven Klein
Model: Karen Elson

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High Street Style: Anna Dello Russo, an unchallenged paragon of virtue in style

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Anna Dello Russo, an unchallenged paragon of virtue in style, always rocks the outfit that oozes her
irresistible charm and releases a refined sense of sophistication, elegance and the rich resources of her imagination. She plays a game with fashion, and she always wins, no matter what. And this time she is playing her trump card with her favorite lace statement in a look from Dolce & Gabbana spring 2011 paired with plain stilettos.
The rest of my article The Dello Russo signature on Fashionising.com

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High Street Style: Joanna Hillman effortlessly fashionable

Joanna Hillman is definitely on of those fashion conscious that may not intend to follow the fashion trends – but precisely hits them with immaculate taste, always looking fresh and chic. Joanna’s latest anti-trend chase claim during New York fashion week sounds so genuine from her red lips especially when following that street style shoot. Armoured with her trademark essentials – red lipstick and Ray Ban shades – Joanna wears scuba like azure top and phenomenal black skirt paired with ankle cross strap leather wedges.
For the rest of my article Accidentally fashionable: Joanna Hillman please check Fashionising.com

Photos via Studded Hearts

Undercover – Schön Magazine October 2011

Schön Magazine October 2011
Editorial Undercover
Photo by  Matthew Lyn
Model Rick Genest, AKA Zombie Boy
Fashion Editor/Stylist: Kay Korsh
Special Thanks: Emma Jacob – Happy Finish Retouching

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