Street Style Battle
As 2017 is turning out to be quite a battlefield, the trend of athleisure and athletics-inspired fashion is making more sense. We might need to escape reality at any point, so it’s probably smartest to wear clothes you can kick, run and dance in. But instead of giving in to your regular gym kit, designers are encouraging you to bring out your ruffled lurex, sequinned prints and studded flatforms. In the Because Street Style Battle, there are no rules.
Take Jonathan Simkhai’s collaboration with high-end workout brand Carbon38. As one of the winners of the 2016 CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund, Simkhai is a designer who understands how even when she is breaking a sweat, a woman perhaps doesn’t want to forego a puffy sleeve. With a great blend of his body-con ornate aesthetics and the practicality of gym gear, the capsule collection features clothes that look appropriate both on the dance floor and the treadmill.
Ashish’s spring/summer 2017 story was an unapologetic extravaganza of sequins and Indian references, creating incredible escapist looks made for the eclectic world traveller. If in danger, blind them with your tiger-printed sequins. With less glitter but just as much spectacle, Louise Trotter’s spring/summer 2017 collection for Joseph was also about layering and travelling in the world of crisis. The piled-up silhouettes of shirting and sportswear elements transformed into some high-performance high-fashion, packed with style and 1970s references. Perfect pieces to layer under and over your battling gear.
Robert Wun’s clothes are made for movement. Whether it’s dancing or karate, Wun makes his pieces with the wearer in mind. His ruffled lurex jewel-rainbowed hues seemingly mould into clothes that are lightweight and calling for a photoshoot, if only on Instagram. For the full effect, layer them with other solid and textured items that will put your bling in survival mode, and colour-block your opponent to defeat.
Just remember: dream, stay strong and sparkle on.
Text by Dino Bonacic
Videography: Laura Days / photography: Suleika Müller / styling: Dino Bonacic / model: Ava Hilmarsdottir at Premier / make-up: Kristina Pavlov; hair: Rom Sartipi using Bumble and Bumble / fashion assistant: Maude van Dievoet.