Sportswear’s Subtle Fall 2011 Comeback

As the rise of ‘70’s influence gained momentum within the  elite fashion houses during the S/S season, it caused a refractory movement breeding life to sportswear and in contrast minimalism. The Fall 2011 season was very much in limbo between femininity and sportswear, finding refuge in their common places of defined shapes and array of rich materials. It was the assimilation in reaction to sportswear meets couture, which is quite juxtaposition in itself.

Jil Sander Fall/Winter 11/12

Celine Fall/Winter 11/12

At Celine, tailored layers were at high speed with Phoebe Philo dominating the collection with influence from the car racing locomotive culture of sleek designs and leather patch working. As at Jil Sander it was embraced with the open arms of minimalism turned maximalist sense, forcing a mash of ‘50’s primary coloured skiwear meeting monotone couture. At Jason Wu this leather skirted, sunglass sporting sportswear influence was matched with an opulent, integrally laced and embellished Baroque era.

Prada Fall/Winter 11/12

Skiwear was then introduced predominately at Prada, where literal references were translated into  rather goggle like eyewear and fur headwear in addition to the binding aviator caps. Being a fall collection, the essence of ski wear and indeed turtle neck pieces were featured at every second show, and were paraded to the up most extreme at Todd Lynn, as they virtually covering their jaw line.

Fall 2011 was indeed a subtle comeback for the likes of sportswear, in the likes of it been taken from countless various angles, and molded to fit the needs and interpretations of every designer.