The London Lookbook: A Touch Of Sports Luxe

The London Lookbook: A touch of sports luxe

sports luxe trend spring/summer 2014

spring/summer 2014 trends

The Sports Luxe trend has been rumbling along for a few seasons now, but this Spring/Summer the look has taken hold in a big way. Balenciaga, Prada, Stella McCartney, Gucci and Marni are just a few of the heavy weight brands whose collections referenced athletic chic. The Sports Day theme continued to go the distance to the A/W15 collections; all of the recent Chanel runway looks were styled with trainers.

I’ve been curious about the possibility of working the sports luxe trend for a while, however it’s several miles out of my comfort zone. Nike Air Max have had a resurgence in recent seasons, perhaps because the fashion pack have finally surrendered to the necessity for orthopaedic support whilst running around to shows and presentations. I myself took a tumble in high heels on the first day of London Fashion Week, which resulted in a fractured elbow and a severely bruised ego. In the wake of my style related injury, I’ve succumbed to the blissful comfort of Nike Dunk Sky High Wedge trainers. I can’t quite bring myself to wear totally flat trainers – that’s a step too far into prosaic utilitarianism. I’ve styled my Nikes with a voluminous white ASOS skirt and Topshop cropped tee. The box fresh whites work for the sports luxe trend, but the 50’s vibe is flattering for my body type.

The key to wearing trends is to always stick to shapes that work for your figure. My waist is my strongest asset, so most of my looks showcase my midriff. Wearing clothes that are unflattering just because they’re trendy is counterproductive; unflattering yet trendy clothes are worn by fashion victims and the sartorially challenged. I’m well aware that I’m somewhat hypocritical by commenting on the folly of fashion victims when I’m still recovering from a high heel related fall, but I care not.

Rosa Hoskins

Rosa is an actress and writer living and working in London. She is also the writer behind Haute Hoskins (, where she talks trends, new designers and vintage fashion with a dash of social commentary.