Field to fashion week

Natalia Barr, Staff Writer

Runway shows are typically associated with flowing fabrics and extravagant ensembles, but an increasing amount of designers are opting to send sporty streetwear down the catwalk instead. Some designers have specific sports in mind, while others simply seek an athletic vibe to incorporate into their collections. Sporty chic was a trend incorporated into both the Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter collections this year.

Alexander Wang’s SS15 collection had a sporty theme that still remained streamlined. Body-con dresses were subtly sexy in bright electric colors and sporty stripes, fitted tees looked put together with high-waisted pants and tennis skirts, now fun and flirty for a 21st century reinvention. Even sneakers hit the runway paired with tapered pants and structured blouses.

Lacoste is known for its athletic-inspired aesthetic, even worn by athletes themselves. Still, the brand manages to send new ways to wear the sporty trend down the runway each season. Lacoste is associated with tennis and golf, and SS15 was no different with a “yachting” theme, according to Windbreakers were belted around the waists of shirts to show that the brand had as much practicality in mind as they did style. Lacoste even incorporated some sex appeal into such an athletic collection with sheer, lightweight football jerseys and short hemlines.

Carven turned the runway into a racetrack for their SS15 collection. Racecar stripes appeared in nearly all of the pieces in this collection, inspired by Formula 1 uniforms and the blurred images of speeding racecars. Even though racing is not typically associated with fashion or femininity, Carven’s pieces were friendly to the fashion world with clean lines, bright colors and illustrious prints.

Before the SS15 runways, Akris was known for incorporating photoprints by famous artists into their collections. For this season, however, the designer chose to take a new turn and created an extremely clean and minimalist collection. Graphic lines and structured pieces surprised the brand’s fans, but what really stood out was one sporty element that appeared throughout the collection. Visors were worn by nearly every model on the runway, often in the same colors of the ensembles they were paired with. Although the clothes would have appeared simple and minimalist on their own, the visors gave the entire show an athletic vibe.

As one of the most famous American designers, Tommy Hilfiger chose to celebrate his brand’s 30th anniversary with references to football. The show’s venue was set up as a football stadium, complete with a jumbotron and lines down the ‘field.’ Some pieces were translated literally from football onto the runway, like jersey-inspired dresses with the number 30 and the name Hilfiger displayed across the fronts. However, Hilfiger also managed to incorporate a more luxurious, romantic feel into such an athletic-inspired collection. Plaids, knits and furs made appearances throughout to make the looks more feminine and fashionable.

Designers’ choices to include sporty pieces in their Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter 2015 collections have provided the modern woman with a way to allow her strength and power to interlock with her style and chicness. Sporty chic was a major trend of 2015 and it surely will not disappear anytime soon.