Sports Luxe is not a new trend; it is one that has popped up season after season, constantly being reinvented whilst other trends rise and fall around it. It’s easy, effortless, and can be smart and understated all at the same time.
The hoodie is no longer a symbol of unruly ASBO youths, but has been updated in neoprene or bonded jersey fabric, creating a look that is more stiff and sharp than its traditional predecessor. Sweatshirts and sweatpants are no longer confined to the gym, but are smartened up in new fabrics to create slick silhouettes, while the humble trainer is given an update in graphic prints and luxury leather. Sports luxe is the new smart-casual, and it’s a look that’s here to stay.
For SS15, Lacoste, Maison Margiela, and YMC are at the forefront of this trend, using sportswear influences to put a fresh new look and silhouette into summer wear.
True to form, this season’s Maison Margiela collection is all about deconstructed pieces. Oversized knits with ripped hems were worn with baggy suit trousers and white leather trainers, while patched together varsity jackets and raincoats sat on top of sharp suits; the perfect combinations of sportswear and smart tailoring.
Sports luxe is given a minimalist ‘90s twist at YMC for SS15. Jersey tracksuits were updated with graphic prints, relaxed chinos were worn with layered shirts and paired with runners’ windbreakers and plimsolls, and suits were reinvented with updated bomber jackets and linen tapered trousers.
Lacoste has long been known for its sportswear but this season it has a contemporary, fashion-forward edge. Football jerseys were worn over shorts and leggings, while head-to-toe bold colour was seen throughout, with the shoe of choice being a clean white trainer. The accessory du jour? A waterproof jacket tied casually around the waist.
Words by Angharad Jones.