Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Adidas by S. McCartney

The market for upscale workout-wear is getting crowded, however the big names in athletic gear have been upping their game, style-wise. Adidas by Stella McCartney, a label that was way, way ahead of the curve on the whole athleisure trend, is facing stiff competition but still manages to stand out. In other words, it was designed to be eye-catching. 

There were pieces of liquid gold, and op-art black-and-white stripes and a graphic bamboo print counterpoised with painterly florals. Reflective detailing on the running gear was eye-catching to a more functional end—and functionality, in fact, is the area where Adidas by Stella McCartney still sets itself apart from the upstarts. A new range of items meant for interval training boasted an extra-supportive sports bra with cushioned straps and shorts with abbreviated compression tights underneath; the yogawear was mainly done in seamless knits, and the jackets for runners featured fleece lining, a touch of quilting, and Adidas’s Climaheat technology to lock in warmth on frosty mornings. Serious athletes will appreciate these details, while women looking for sporty togs with a touch of chic will gravitate to the line’s snappy aesthetic. And some customers—serious athletes who are also serious aesthetes—will be happy to find that this Adidas by Stella McCartney collection has seen to both their needs at once.

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Thursday, 17 March 2016

Saint Laurent

Is Hedi Slimane’s saying goodbye? Or is it the beginning of a new and reconstituted, haute couture house? 

Whichever it may transpire to be—Hedi Slimane’s was a full-on shock: a collection which pushed the ’80s shoulder to a pinnacle of upstanding exaggeration, drove glittery hemlines up, plunged necklines, belted waists with flourishing side-bows, poufed skirts, clad legs in sheer black tights, and put feet into stiletto pumps. What with the slicked-back hair, red lipstick, and triangular earrings, it read as a sublimated 21st-century throwback to every Helmut Newton–era Vogue shoot fashion remembers. 

There was an homage to Yves Saint Laurent in every look, yet the collection was just as uncompromisingly faithful to the ultra-ultra-skinny youth aesthetic which Hedi Slimane has pushed in fashion for his whole career.


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