This fashion season sees the revival of racing street style as shoppers embrace the sport-luxe trend. The rebirth of athleisure is all about combining comfort and style, and practicality with edge. Perhaps this is our idea of a post-lockdown wardrobe? One of our YFW blogs from 2020 predicted that we would be wearing our most glamorous attire for the most casual days, and boy were we wrong. Comfort is now the priority as sportswear and loungewear combine, but the question is how do we make that luxury fashion?
The Year 2 Extended Diploma in Fashion at York College have answered this question and tapped into the trend for luxury sportswear following the comfort of lock down lounging. The students have drawn inspiration from sports sponsorship, influential branding, and race day graphics by combining oversized numbers and typography for a striking athletic look.
“The project taught me how to find solutions and outcomes to themes that wouldn’t necessarily be my preferred area of specialism,” says one of the collection’s designers, Isobel Brown, whose pieces were inspired by varsity brand Tommy Hilfiger, and racing legend Ferrari.
All-over repeats with a streetwear vibe include retro tracksuits, jackets and unisex tees making a roaring comeback to the 2022 fashion scene. Red is the predominant colour of the season, used on solid colour separates or spliced with daring shades of black, white, and orange, creating the dramatic looks with gym-to-street appeal.
These creative students will either progress on to the BA (hons) Fashion Design and Garment Technology programme at York College, on to degree programmes at other institutions or straight into employment. They have had the opportunity to expand their technical skills by using fabrics and industrial machinery associated with sportswear garment manufacture.
The Fashion Design & Garment Technology course that York College hosts provides students with the opportunity to become part of the talented and creative workforce required by the ever-expanding fashion industry. Studio design practice is also delivered parallel to workshop activity to facilitate creative garment design, development and production. We were fortunate to have a number of students join us backstage at the Student and Graduate Runway Show for YFW2022 who got stuck into the organisation side of the runway show. They curated their music choice with finesse, dressed their models to perfection, and liaised with the YFW Hair & Makeup teams to portray their creative visions for the models.
For more information on the Fashion Design & Garment Technology courses that York College has to offer, visit their website.