Classic sports such as rowing, tennis, cricket, golf, horse riding and cycling in style context a peculiar status. Each season they appear as style inspiration for a number of designers and among the wardrobe many garments are the few that did not originate in any of the above sports. A more underrated source of inspiration for our dress code is running.
Anyone who doubts the estiska value in the running has probably never seen the opening scene to the Chariots of Fire (on Swedish Chariots of fire). The scene where a löparlag dressed completely in white, runs along St. Andrews Beach, together with the background music was signed Greek composer Vangelis a milestone in the video world. Although today’s athletic uniform differs radically from the film is the one with the feeling of freedom that still attracts.
Today it is not just the Thom Browne is an inveterate Jogger. Running seems to be actually more popular than ever. Distinctive racing blogs discussing the perfect run, and new mobile applications that facilitate the exercise shows up periodically. Literature programmes Babel in SVT last spring had a feature on running as a source of inspiration for writers.
And it’s happening, of course, very much among sportmodetillverkarna. One of the more interesting examples are Nike’s collaboration with Japanese Jun Takahasi, founder of the label UNDERCOVER. Collaborative collection that goes by the name Gyakusou Performance Running Collection, named after a group of enthusiastic runners in Tokyo, includes everything from running tight and wind jackets to shoes and small accessories. All of modern functional materials with clever storage solutions that prevent the keys and coins to rattle. Design wise the have Takahasi in clear contrast to much of the athletic fashion with the screaming neon colors tried to keep the garment relatively Dim with natural colour scale. Below are some examples.
Nike X UNDERCOVER Gyakusou Performance Running Collection will be available via Sneakers n Stuff at the end of the month.