Fashion has been heading in a new “casual” direction for a while what with sportswear inspired styles dominating the catwalks (thank you, A.Wang). Along with the backpacks, hoodies and trackpants came another trend– trainers. Isabel Marant started the frenzy with her high tops, but the look really reached its [haute] peak at the couture shows this year when Karl Lagerfeld sent out models at Chanel wearing luxe trainers made from fabrics like lace and tulle (starting price: 4,500 euros and up). If the Kaiser was embracing kicks, then everyone would be soon enough.
Fast forward to spring/summer 2014 and trainers are having their fashion moment. Almost every brand has released their own variation, while designers have collaborated with sportswear brands on exclusive styles (top of the must-have list is Riccardo Tisci’s revamp of Nike’s Air Force One).
Here are a few of my favourites this season.
Celine’s Skate slip on shoes have become a cult item with editors, so her latest pull-on sneaker is destined to be as popular. Part of the spring/summer 14 runway collection, it’s also inspired by 1980s urban streetwear. The look is a bit more chunky but its given a fashion update with several different fabrics and prints. On the back of the heel is a black patch featuring the words, “Love Life.” We’re sold.
I’m so over Isabel Marant’s hightops, but if you like this look, then invest in Rupert Sanderson’s unisex style instead. The fabrics are more luxe with each pair features contrasting materials such as cobble calf, patent and kid leather. It’s available in two colours – classic white or blue, for the fashion conscious.
Italian brand Hogan got some serious style cred when it enlisted the talents of magazine editor Katie Grand to spice up their selection of trainers. For her third outing this spring, she has injected pops of colour (think pink, red and blue) into the brand’s classic hightops. Other styles are updated with a wedge for a feminine twist. Everything comes decorated with her signature heart motif. We are feeling the love.
If you are going do sportswear then you should go straight to the experts. When Nike released its Flyknit Racer a year ago I obsessed with the cool mesh detailing and bold colours. Seems like I wasn’t the only one, as every editor at Paris Fashion Week had a pair. Their new Flyknit Lunar 2 is equally covetable and in comes in more colourways. Now if only NikeiD was available here, you could design your own!