Vogue’s editorial piece entitled, SPORT PSYCHOLOGY embodies the sporty and “tomboy” side of high-fashion while still keeping to it’s glamorous and alluring roots, as it does in many, if not all, of it’s issues.
The very first look, finding it’s place on the cover of the spread, is a Prada “pop mash-up” including a pairing of a silk fire red, plunging neckline dress decked with blue crystals hovering around the sew-lines and cuts of the dress. It is over a much simpler emerald sweater-vest with a black and white striped band. I personally think this look is a sight to see, considering that just last year, the revealing dress would have been about 4 inches shorter and wouldn’t have had the modesty of a sweater vest underneath, a sweater vest! Prada, of course known for it’s bright pops of neon color, paired the red beautifully with emerald which of course wrapped into the blue crystals, and the black and white around the edges of the vest give the eyes somewhere to rest. The strong structure of the look and, can we not forget, the ankle socks and thick strappy sandals, give this ensemble the perfect matching of all the latest trends in a bright and fresh way.
The trend of high neck and neon color continue onto the second look, which includes another one of my favorite things, just shown a bit differently than I would have expected. Celine’s Phoebe Philo has given us all the element of surprise as she debuts a chemise, wide sleeved mini. What’s the wow factor? A below the knee pleated skirt. The pairing is an unusual take on the classic peplum look that gives it the perfect wild and playful look. I would say that the electric blue and red structure to white, black and green sheere is a distraction, but it’s the red spots of the same size on each piece that really unite these pieces together and tie together the look.
When I first saw look #3, I initially thought, “oh, cool, mixed patterns”, and then after seeing it all of last season, the season before and oh yes, the season before, I moved on. It’s not that I didn’t like it, I was just used to it. But oh contraire, Vogue tricked me. Yes the pattern and the materials are different, however, if you look at the squares printed on the pants in blue and red, you will see that it also shows up again, just this time in small cutouts all over the orange pullover. Again, this small detail is really the reason this outfit, just works.
Oh hey, ankle socks. Nice to see you again. Yes, the socks are fun, but I’d be lying if I told you that that was the first thing I noticed, actually, I had to see the look twice before I noticed. Why? Well, take one look at this piece and you’ll understand. A seven-eights oversized coat in the recurring color, ocean blue. I’m a sucker for a good structured coat, and pairing this with a big, blue tote, of different color? And uhh, blue shoes? Why does this work?! Well, it has something to do with the coral a-line peeping out of the slightly unzipped jacket, Just that one peep of neon color gives this such an interesting focus point that draws the eyes away from the mixing load of blue and just lets them see this as a well put-together outlay.
Taking a break from the solid blues and reds, Vogue plays with a Ralph Lauren princess coat in an undeniably fun pastel green. Yes, the coat is beautiful, but I think with any other underwearing, I would have felt that it was a bit childish, but the Marni metal-embellished skirt just makes it look so much more mature without clashing. To me, it looks as if it’s a rushing river flowing through a field of greens. The ultimate Spring picture.
Aaaaannnnndddd we jerk to a completely new direction with this old-school classic sporty-meets-glam. Out of all the looks, this is my least favorite. Not because I don’t like it, I just think that this doesn’t follow along with the rest of the simplicity of the spread. I love the vest, which we saw in the first look, paired with a sparkly tank. And I like the sparkly tank with the high-waisted linen skirt. But the vest and tank with the skirt? Eh. I wish I could like this more, considering it is a good ensemble, but after seeing the past designs, I suppose I was hoping for something I could compare with those. I hope I see Vogue bring a similar look to this in an upcoming issue, just in a collection where it fits more.
So we only see the top of the seventh outfit, but I can imagine in my head what it might look like. The normally winter colors are brought into a Spring look, but the crop top assures that it is in fact meant for warm weather. It all just feels so modern and now, and a look like this can easily be pulled and turned into a everyday, wearable apparel. Also, since it’s demanding attention on the page, I have to mention the two chunky costume bracelets wrapped around a pale white wrist. Costume jewelry has made it’s way on and off the runway since…well, the first runways. Some love it, some hate it but it’s not going anywhere. That said, I think that it’s a great compliment to the top.
Oh how I love stripes! This outfit is purely athletic, everything from the Balmain pinstriped sweater and the Tisci crepe-de-Chine pleated trousers. The shoes and the bag however bring in a bit of femininity, and I like the contrast between the red pleat and maroon purse. Although I was trying to stay away from commenting on makeup, but how can I not notice those brows! I know bold brows have been a trend for a while, but how they look now is how they are worn best. Bold and attention grabbing. If you couldn’t already tell, this is one of the only designs without neon eyeliner stealing the show, which was a good choice. The way they look on this model and the way they complement the design and style of this look is stunning.
Ahh the last look. Though I find nothing particularly impeccable about this look compared to the others, I do believe that this has a certain wow factor. The Americanness of(I know it’s red, white and black but it gives off the same patriotic feeling) it is fun and the rippled color blocking is an interesting combo with the rhinestones. It doesn’t feel like it’s too much, mostly because of the simple bottom half, with a straight cut and only one red patch to add some more interest. It’s definitely something to look at, and I think it’s a great end to a fabulous collection of looks.
As a whole, I think that Vogue, once again, has found ways to bring simplicity and elegance to even collections that they call sporty and athletic. It’s that, staying true to your style roots, that really showcases that you don’t have to be a particularly brazen person to pull of some of these styles. Anyone can incorporate a-line and trousers in place of flowy and skinny jeans. So whether you like these looks or not, I think we can all agree that they were well designed and show that women don’t need pearls and dresses to feel feminine.
So tell me, how do you like Vogues, SPORT PSYCHOLOGY?
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