Sportswear inspires

The spring summer 12 and Pre Fall 12 collections were full of sportswear inspired pieces, from the inclusion of technical fabrics like neoprene, nylon anoraking and Gortex to key shapes being racer back vests, rugby shirts, varsity jackets and anoraks.

The designers looked to sportswear styling for detail inspiration too, with statement zips in plastic or metal with rounded ring pulls being a key feature.

Sass & Bide

Proenza Schouler



Alexander Wang


Ermanno Scervino



Tommy Hilfiger

Topshop Unique

Zero & Maria

I think this is a really strong trend for its vibrant colour and bold shapes, but it also links back to my initial reason for looking at sportswear – because for me, sportswear should should also hold strong aesthetic value as well as being technically functional.

I love the idea of mixing your sportswear wardrobe with your everyday one. I have seen so many pieces in the spring summer sportswear collections that could easily double as fashion items – be it luminous crop tops worn under a washed denim shirt, running shorts with crisp tailoring, colour accented trainers with prim pleated skirts and of course, anything in grey marl (my favourite).

Get experimenting. Here are a few ideas I like...

A simple grey marl sweat with something quite ornate

A rounded varsity jacket with a structured formal dress

Athletic running shoes with anything

A running vest with a tailored jacket

Technical fabrics become special fabrics
A baseball cap with everthing

Track pants working with heels & fur - who'da thunk it?!

Run like ‘elle. x