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 Focus: Enchanting Imagery in Ines Kozic’s photography.

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The fairy tale mystery that merges with conceptual art is the result of sensitiveness of the young and talented photographer – Ines Kozic -the 22 years old artist from that studies at the Fine Arts School of Rennes. Embracing both factors – the immaculate experience from childhood years and confronting the future – the photography of Kozmic faces the unveiling of fragility, enigma, sensuality and  alluring elements of voyeurism.

The artistical isnpiration comes from many sources – recollection from the childhood memories, dark tales, surrealist poetry and quote writer André Breton,  the work of Francesca Woodman, the photographer Laura Makabresku,  favorite dancer – Carlotta Ikeda as well as three movies – The perfume of Tom Tykwer, The Countess of Julie Delpy and Antichrist of Lars Von Trier.

Indulging the melancholic poetry and sensuality in Ines Kozic’s photography , please check also the her

Official website:  http://www.ineskozic.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Ineskozicdancer

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Fashion Focus: Mohawk hairstyles in Fashion Photography.

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Mohawk hairstyle that considered to be a warrior significance in Native American tradition is clearly visible in Fashion industry nowadays. The savage appearance of the Mohican hairdo is clashed with the sophisticated gowns, mixed with the neo-punk attitude and merged with the sporty classic. Presented in numerous openings from the colorful selection with the rainbow like effects, accentuated with feathers, braided like in the rustic fairy-tale, Mohican just proves that cannot be reserved to the 80’s punk subculture anymore.

Mohawk hairdo supposed to be a manifest signature for anarchy and opposition to consumptionism while with the progress of style became one of the trends that is frequently borrowed or even adopted in various versions on the catwalk, official and public events, photography and high street on every day basis.

Good or not, judge yourself . There is my favourite t-shirt from Panapoo “GPunk” that utterly covers the idea of punk attitude and style that I proudly wear on my daily basis.

Panapoo GPunk T-shirt
Panapoo GPunk T-shirt

Panapoo GPunk T-shirt buy here

Take a look on the Fashion Focus selection by EdelScope that unveils Mohawk hairstyles in Fashion Photography:

The Vogue Netherlands May 2012 Photoshoot Stars a Savage Rianne ten Haken

Saskia de Brauw by Jan Walters for Antidote

Ana Beatriz Barros for Elle UK March 2012

Aline Weber by Giampaolo Sgura for Vogue Paris February 2012 Beauty

Aline Weber by Giampaolo Sgura for Vogue Paris February 2012 Beauty

Coco Rocha for Dressed to Kill

 

Catherine McNeil Gets Dark for Greg Kadel in Numéro #151

Malgosia Bela by Karim Sadli for Vogue Paris

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‘Marching to a Different Beat’ in Vogue Nippon

The Dazed & Confused ‘A Scanner Darkly’

Under Her Spell’ by Nick Knight for Vogue UK

Patricija M by Xi Sinsong for Bambi Issue 10

The Numero ‘Solitaire’ Photoshoot Stars Model Martha Hunt

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

Images via fashiongonerogue.com

Fashion Photography: “Sea Change” by Matthieu Belin for LIFE Magazine

 

Chinese fashion designer Qui Hao

“Full fathom five thy father lies,
Of his bones are coral made,
Those are pearls that were his eyes,
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change,
into something rich and strange,
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell,
Ding-dong.
Hark! now I hear them, ding-dong, bell.”

Poem by Shakespeare

The mysterious tranquility like the silence before the storm sets the vibe of “Sea Change” photographed by Matthieu Belin. Sustaining the intrinsic tension of the sea and its vulnerability to inconstancy, the theme balances between two worlds –  the metaphysical silence  and tough reality that put us against the storms. Like in the poems of Shakespeare we have to face the dualism of our existence – the world of perfection fulfilled in pure ideas and the struggle of real life that sometimes makes us impossible to live according the code of conduct.  Accompanied with the modern feel of Qui Hao‘s creation,  “The Sea Change” introduces us into the arcane tale with the sophisticated fashion message of ethereal fabrics in black deepness.

Special thanks to Matthieu Belin for help and assistance.

Please Note:

All the images are copyrighted  @Matthieu Belin 

Do not use and copy without the permission of the photographer!


COLOR CODEC – Photography by Paco Peregrin in Youth Vision Magazine


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    Youth Vision Magazine

  • Photographer and Digital art. Paco Peregrin www.pacoperegrin.com
    Stylists. Kattaca www.kattaca.com
    Hair Dresser. X-presion
    Make up artist. Yurema Villa


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Elizabeth Taylor & Marilyn Monroe illustrated

Elizabeth Taylor – one of a kindactress and icon of Hollywood Golden Age  while passing away she left behindunforgettable memoirs of her glamour and striking beauty – trademark eyebrows,azure eyes and fascinating personality.
To immortalize the image of Elizabeth Taylor, illustrator David Downtown designed a series of illustrationsof enchanting Liz in for Chinese ROUGE Magazine. The fusion of fashion and art seems tohave a perfect marriage on the illustration’s field. 



This reminds me of “Marilyn Monroe” collage composed by a Greek artist– Haute Angelo. The image you can find also here, on the Vintage Leather ind.Blog as well as in the Danaos Cinema in Athens, Greece. I will write another post with thedetails about the collage.  
Marilyn Monroe” collage: courtesy of Haute Angelo

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Masha Kirsanova by Yuval Hen in How to Spend It, November 2011





How to Spend It, November 2011
Holding Court
Model: Masha Kirsanova
Photography: Yuval Hen
Styling: Damian Foxe




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Zombie Boy, Monika ‘Jac’ Jagaciak, Maddie Kulicka, Emilia Nawarecka in Yes we care – Fashion Magazine Poland Summer 2011



Rico Genest, better known as Zombie Boy,together with young top model Monika ‘Jac’ Jagaciak compose a great shoot on thecover of Fashion Magazine Poland Summer 2011. The cover going along with theeditorial “Yes, we care” is a multicolored presentation of social demonstrationwhere Zombie, Jac, Maddie Kulicka and Emilia Nawarecka become ready to stand and fight fortheir laws activists.
Photography :Zuza Krajewska and Bartek Wieczorek
Styled by AndrzejSobolewski
Models: Monika „Jac”Jagaciak, Rico Genest aka „Zombie Boy”, Maddie Kulicka, Emilia Nawarecka.
Hair: Kacper Rączkowski/D’visionArt
Characterisation:Paula Dźwigała
Stylistassistants: Bartosz Tobiasz Kujawa, Paulina Pyszkiewicz
Set design:Natalia Kacper Mleczak, Maciek Banasik