2012 has been a great year for sport, with Wimbledon following the Euros and both the Olympics and the Paralympics dominating all aspects of life in the UK. Politicians are now talking about the Olympic legacy of years to come, and hoping that more Brits will be spurred into enjoying sport by watching their heroes winning medals, but the influence of this summer’s sporting fun can already be seen on the catwalk.
At London Fashion Week sporty details, luxe material and sharp sporty lines could be seen all over the catwalks, in the collections of designers from Preen to David Koma.
At Preen clean lines and block colours could be seen throughout the collection, and many of the colour combinations used were reminiscent of the shades of country flags. Sharp cuts and luxe materials added to the sporty chic look.
Some of the heaviest sports referencing could be seen in the David Koma collection, which was inspired by tennis and included pleated mini dresses in oranges, blues and crisp whites. Explaining the thought process behind the collection Koma said that players including Lea Pericoli, Suzanne Lenglen and Gussie Moran had been influential on his designs.
In what could be seen as a cheeky reference to the accidental flashes which female players sometimes give when in the full swing of play, on skirt even featured a nude panel on the back, giving the impression she was showing her bum.
In her Spring 2013 collection Zoe Jordan showed items which featured contrasts between bright block colours and crisp white, as well as sharp cuts and clean lines.
Further sports references could be seen in the collection of Jonathan Saunders – lots of bright colours and strongly cut skirts and shift dresses, as well as stripe details and luxurious materials.
Catwalk styles always eventually trickle down into the high street, and the sporty look will no doubt soon be a regular fixture of daily UK fashion.
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