Geoffrey Beene, Sequin Football Gowns, Harpers Bazaar, 1967.
Fashion and sports are kind of like two well-liked cool kids you didn’t realize were friends. They have nothing to do with each other publicly until one day they end up at the same party. All of a sudden, they are everywhere together - all over the fashion blogs and the runways. By joining forces they redefine the rules of the game. These loungewear inspired fashions have less to do with effortlessness and more to do with a just-rolled-out-of-bed undone fabulousness that has been evolving over decades. Before Alexander Wang and Isabel Marant, there was Geoffrey Beene who made sequined evening gowns inspired by football jerseys in the 1970s. Norma Kamali, a fashion innovator, was one of the first designers to incorporate jersey and cotton sweatshirt fabrics in to everyday wear. She invented the “sleeping bag” coat and designed the iconic red bathing suit Farrah Fawcett wore in her infamous Charlie’s Angels poster. Kamali has been evolving her sporty stylish aesthetic from the seventies up until present day. Sporty influence in fashion is limitless because the possibilities for design, colours, materials, and silhouettes are endless. This fairly new look is an exciting watch walk down the runway because it feels of-the-moment while remaining fresh. One of the few athletes I follow on Instagram is Lebron James. I follow him for one reason, sometimes he posts photos of his outfits and hashtags #FashionIsConfidence. I appreciate this sentiment. In fact, the only thing that has remained consistent among the sporty looks emerging over the years is that they must be styled and worn with confidence. Other than that cardinal rule, anything goes in this evolving aesthetic. Models are even walking the runways in tailored suits and running shoes at Chanel Haute Couture shows!
PS. Cherie says to add that if you have one of these Geoffrey Beene sequin mini or maxi dresses, please contact her. It's been on her vintage wish list for years!
(L) John Rawlings Sportswear, Vogue, May 1945. (R) Vogue, Photo by Leombruno-Bodi, May 1954.
(L) Audrey Hepburn wearing Lacoste polo, Hemes Skirt, Celine flats. Photo by Bud Fraker, 1961. (R) Colleen Corby, Cay Sanderson and Regine Jaffrey for Gay Gibson Sports in Seventeen Magazine, February 1968.
(L) Geoffrey Beene Sequin Jersey Dress, 1967. (R) Geoffrey Beene Sequined Silk Football Jersey Gown, F/W 1967. (Both Images courtesy MET Museum).
(L) Halston Ad, W Magazine, 1974. (R) Vogue, Photo by Bob Stone, 1974.
(L) Farrah Fawcett in Norma Kamali Red Swimsuit, 1976. (R) Marjorie Andrade in Norma Kamali Jumpsuit, Photo by Douglas Dubler, Cosmopolitan, 1980.
(L) Geoffrey Beene Cropped Sequin Sweater, 1980s. (Courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art). (R) Norma Kamali Outfit, Vogue UK, 1983.
Norma Kamali "Sweats" Collection, Photos by Steve Landis, 1981.
(L) Brooke Shields wearing Sweater by Kasper, Skirt by Norma Kamali. Photo by Olivieri Toscani, US Vogue, September 1984. (R) Norma Kamali Sleeping Bag Coat, 1990s.
Linda Evangelista & Christy Turlington for Chanel, 1991.
(L) Ashley Smith in Versace Bodysuit, Styled by Sarah Richardson, Photo by Richard Bush, ELLE Ukraine, June 2010. (R) Chanel Surfboard, 2012.
(L) Photo by Thomas Whiteside, ELLE US, June 2012. (R) Candice Swanepoel, Photo by Terry Richardson, Harpers Bazaar, August 2013.
(L-R) Isabel Marant Spring RTW 2012, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Spring 2012, Prabal Gurung Spring 2014, Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2014.