The 5 best Sports Luxe looks on the SS16 runway
As a leading British fitness brand that loves to incorporate statement activewear into the everyday, we always keep an eye out for new looks and trends from the twice annual global fashion shows. Here our reporter on the ground, freelance stylist Basma Khalifa, rounds up five of the coolest Sports Luxe styles of SS16.
Victoria Beckham, NYC
This season VB took her inspiration from LA to NYC to London for a very Beckham twist on sports chic. Clean lines, crisp whites and flowing chiffon: the collection stays true the Victoria Beckham aesthetic. But with ribbed pop colour collars and art block prints, she has added sporty punch to her reliably sophisticated collection.
Anya Hindmarch, London
Channelling her signature playful English styling, Hindmarch gave a nod to all the things British in the sportiest way she knows how. From swimsuits to lycra to boxy jumpers, she packs on the charm and uses fashion to bring a smile to the wearer’s (and observer’s) face. Get ready for a feel-good SS16.
A mishmash of retro-electicism, Muccia Prada fitted all she knows into one collection. Stripes to checks, boxy shapes to chunky knits, suede to leathers – her eclectic combinations were a hit. This chiffon striped skirt with a classic sleeveless cricket jumper is Italian sports chic in its purest form.
What’s not to love about this Parisian take on tracksuits? For SS16, Claire Waight Keller created a collection characterised by playful spirit, with split hem track pants and colour block jumpers to create an image we can all aspire to while working out (or simply going about your day). Waight Keller’s desire to bring out the “youthful optimism that fashion portrays” couldn’t be clearer. To wear the look now, try out Railside Luxe Jacket.
Paco Rabanne, Paris
Merging high-tech sportiness with a sense of casual allure, Dossena’s collection features anoraks, parkas and track pants. This look would see you from the festival to running track, with high-shine metallic finishes (similarly channelled in Sweaty Betty’s current Glow Run Jacket and Glow Run Gilet).
Also a fashion week highlight for Sweaty Betty was watching our own global ambassador and Paralympian Stef Reid walk for the Lenie Boya show as part of LFW. Here she is bringing confidence and glamour to the catwalk, while promoting strength and diversity with her prosthetic blade.