Baseball season is almost here! Officially starting on March 22, it is perfectly matching with the arriving and spirit of summer looseness. For real, is there anything better than spending an afternoon at the stadium under the sun, watching a great baseball game with friends and of course, enjoying some delicious hot-dogs? From the first semi-pro baseball clubs in the late 1800’s, the sport has influenced American fashion throughout the years.
Sportswear as a fashion trend has been evolving for the past few years. We saw a lot of cool versions of the traditional baseball tee on the runways. A lot of designers have taken this timeless sporty signature top and adapted it to fit their mood. Some use black faux leather, magnificent emerald sequins or colorful tweed for the sleeves to contrast with the torso, usually pure white. But this spring, designers are totally inspired; they are going for a total look with an edgy twist. This junior trend is certainly inspired by the early 90’s and some fierce R&B divas. Do you remember Mary J. Blige in her video for Real Love? A lot of young stars like Rihanna, Rita Ora and Cara Delevingne are wearing vintage baseball button-up shirts as street wear with their Air Max, Dr. Martens or Converse. Some prominent fashion bloggers wore the baseball trend in a classic minimalist way (like the picture on the right), I am totally into it!
In the high-end fashion sphere, we are seeing a lot of vertical high-waisted pants and bomber jackets with so many different textures and patterns (quilted being one of our favs) as well as beautiful 5 panel coloured caps. Simon Porte Jacquemus, a young emergening designer (who launched his line when he was only 19 years old!) used the baseball cap as a masterpiece in his last Spring/Summer collection. He created a playful cap in collaboration with the Quebecer Isaac Larose from Larose Paris, bearing the graphic quote: “J’aime la vie”. His collection has a total attitude of youthful exuberance and the fashion show was presented in an arcade game room in Paris, filled with local kids, art students and pastel haired bloggers with GameBoy music as the soundtrack. The atmosphere was reminiscent of Grimes’ 2011 breakthrough video Oblivion, shots in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. See the amazing video of the collection here!
No need to hit a home run to walk down the runway this spring!