2012 June 28

It’s all about sport this year and for women, a range of new ‘crunch to cocktail’ styled sport luxe clothing is about to become this year’s must have garments. While Venus Williams may no longer be in the running for Wimbledon, her tennis clothing line, EleVen has perfectly encapsulated the sports lifestyle approach to fashion that is dominating the catwalks at present. She has a tennis dress in grey and white abstract blocks that could definitely be worn to the office for dress down Friday and the slogans on her shirts, such as ‘oh and oh’ relate to sports motivation – an oh and oh means you beat your opponent without them scoring a point.

For women who can’t afford EleVen or Stella McCartney for Adidas, try teaming camisole tops, one under another, in shades of grey, black and white, with coloured jeans and a good wool blazer or tailored jacket.

For clubbing, platform trainers are being worn with tailored shorts and red, white and blue tops, and more formal evening wear includes skin tight vests or camisoles worn with long skirts, like last year’s maxi dresses, but finished off with floral patterned Converse trainers. Hoodies are also a big deal this year, with women’s colours like candy floss pink being worn a lot, along with dip-dyed or ombre hair in blue, purple or bubble-gum pink.

2012 February 1

This year is Olympic year and there’s no doubt that London will be packed with people wearing sporting gear, even if they are not, themselves, sporty. Designers are clearly being influenced by the combination of Cool Britannia and sporting fever, and designers such as Lacoste, Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors are all getting hot under the collar.

Performance fabrics, such as poly-cottons or poly-elastic-cottons are very much in evidence along with sports styling such as ultra-long vests worn over leggings for women and layered T-shirts in primary colours for men.

A lot of dropped crotch cotton trousers turned up on the catwalk again in the spring collections, and it will be interesting to see if they actually make it into the high street this year – last year the harem pant style was very much in evidence in the collections but not very prevalent in the shops.

One difference this year is in colour. While male luxe sportswear is still focused on bright colours, the female palette is much more subtle, with bronze, grey, heather, cream and stone appearing as basic tones. This makes dressing in luxe sports clothing much more accessible to the average women both financially and in terms of body shape. While most of us can’t contemplate pearl coloured leggings and a sheer panelled vest, we can imagine wearing a gold or silver vest or camisole, under a grey zip-up hoody, with dark jeans or leggings. To get the look, focus on a good leather slouch bag, or even better, a leather backpack which looks properly sporty and consider jogging bottoms worn with heels, ‘sporty’ hairstyles like pig-tails tied with wool, gymnast-style, and neon detailing like earrings and shoe-laces.