The Resurgence Of The Runner
“GIVE me time and I’ll give you a revolution”. These are the words of the late Alexander McQueen, a man who knew a thing or two about how fashion constantly evolves to reflect (or object to) society.
2014 has seen one of the most unexpected fashion evolutions – which arguably would have been laughed off at the mere suggestion of its probable resurgence if it hadn’t been on the Chanel couture runway. I am, of course, alluding to the humble trainer. Don’t get me wrong, I’m welcoming the fashionable progression of sporty footwear with open arms (or should I say bare feet?) as I imagine a lot of the female population are.
Gone are the days where we are forced to teeter along the platform to grab the train/bus/luas to work in our court shoes while trying to balance our handbag, day planner, laptop bag, obligatory Starbucks AND chatting on the phone. I think we, the bunion-badgered population, owe a massive thank you to the likes of Kenzo, Isabel Marant and Celine for making our lives that bit easier.
This resurgence of running shoes began with the collaboration between Kenzo and Vans, which subsequently prompted Phoebe Philo, creative director of Celine, to act fast and produce what have come to be the chic accessory of 2014. Celine championed the skater shoe and kudos to Topshop for creating the ultimate dupe for us mere mortals. Grace Coddington – who recently turned 73 – is a massive fan of Celine skaters, even donning them in the frow at fashion week. Other brands such as Dune, Aldo and ASOS have a vast collection of skater shoes at a great price and there are many prints, colours and styles to choose from.
The likes of Nike and Adidas are also capitalising on what appears to be a trend amongst some young designers, such as Philip Lim, where informality is fronting their creations. For example, embellished sweatshirts can be appropriate work wear for women. With informal clothing designs comes informal footwear.
We have seen journalists, editors, bloggers and models wearing gym shoes and sneakers where they would previously have chosen heels. Trainers are now expected at fashion weeks, with Phoebe Philo unofficially advocating Adidas Stan Smiths at Fashion Week a couple of years ago and Kanye West showing up in his staple high tops to fashion shows.
When speaking about sneakers on Chanel’s runway, Karl Lagerfeld suggested in American Vogue that “It gives it [the show] a different attitude”. That can be said for any lady who wears trainers as high fashion – it gives them a different attitude and perhaps it’s a better attitude.
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