Sportswear is one of my ultimate fashion inspirations. Funny thing is, when I was little, I hated sportswear - I trained many MANY sports (from handball through hockey, and dance to tennis, and many more), but I hated wearing tracksuits while heading to my trainings. Like a little sir, I wore jeans, my bestest sneakers, during the winter I wore coats, and I sometimes even wore shirts. Naturally, when I came to the venue, I needed to change my clothes - but I took it as a costume. Because it really is - each sport has its own costume. Whether they call it 'a football jersey' or a 'tennis sneaker'. It's part of a uniform, and it's one of the things that differentiate one sport from another.
In the exact same way each personal style extricates itself from another one. Now, like any other uniform - sportswear is part of my daily inspiration. It gives me an opportunity to reinvent myself, and to me that's the point of the whole game called fashion. Especially when there's a story behind it (and God knows I love a good story behind an outfit), I see sportswear as my perfect go-to. Of course, you still won't see me wearing a complete tracksuit if it's not a costumed party (buy hey, never say never!). However, combining some suede oxfords with a skinny jean and a hoodie or a vintage sweatshirt is what I love 'to do'. Eclecticism is the way to go, RIGHT?
Well, behind this whole semi-long story stands a set of beautiful pictures taken for the online edition of i-D mag, done by a great duo - photographer Ellis Scoot, and stylist Nickque Patterson. Their interpretation of sport and its uniforms holds a point that has a bit more depth than my own, but hey - everyone has its own vision. Now let's hear theirs:
''Some Sort of Sport was inspired by the moments of quiet concentration. The tests before execution. The rough cut. The story extends through to the mood where the models are rather practically possessed, in a trance of exercise, brainwashed to maintain a physical peak.''
Now all of us should stop talking (and by all of us, I mean myself), and just enjoy the photos...
I-D MAG online
Photo. Ellis Scott
Styling. Nickque Patterson
Hair. Mia Parker
Make-up. Molly Portsmouth
Models. Marly Warnier & Arron Tack