Want to rock sneakers with dresses or take your yoga pants from the sauna to the sidewalk? Well, that’s easy! Designer Giles Deacon told us the key to pulling off the major athleisure look the celeb set can’t get enough of. Read on for his expert tips!
The athleisure trend totally dominated in 2015, and no one rocks the sporty, casual style quite like the celeb set. Whether it’s model-off-duty Gigi Hadid or street style queen Rihanna, it’s much bigger than your average trend — it’s an entirely new lifestyle switch! I had the chance to chat with talented designer Giles Deacon in Barcelona on Dec. 3 at the P&G Future Fabrics Event, who said the future of fashion is washable, all while explaining the new athleisure shift and the way technology will continue to shape the fashion world. He also gave us fool-proof tips for pulling off that cool, casual look, just like RiRi!
Giles debuted a completely washable line during the event, and then he filled us in on the easiest way to pull off the trend — and you shouldn’t be afraid of sporting the style! “Some people are scared of the concept of wearing conventional sportswear to go out for the day, but this is where I think the design of it is really moving towards. It isn’t just about wearing a performance piece, it’s about wearing a designed item which is influenced by those elements.”
He also broke down the way to achieve an effortless, casual look. “Get a great pair of trainers or sneakers and mix it with something quite high, something that has that athleisure aspect to it,” he said. “It is getting that effortless but stylish look together — that’s the key to it.”
So, what type of look works best with a pair of sneakers? While RiRi rocks them with everything from slip dresses to gowns, Giles broke it down and made the look seem fool proof. “If you get a relaxed but cooler dress, not too formal evening because that could look a little unusual, but there are some gorgeous, relaxed pieces that work really well with that.”
Once you’ve picked out your outfit, where can you wear it? “You can wear it anywhere,” Giles said. “You don’t have to wear high heels just to go to a posh restaurant, it can work and it does work. I see it an awful lot in Asia and in NY, as well. It looks really cool and it’s a great option — you really just have to give it a go. It works better for a certain, slightly younger customer, but it really all depends on the dress and where you’re going.”
While the athleisure trend is on every runway, Giles actually had his hand in the shift in trends — and the look definitely isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. “We first showed the Spring/Summer 2011 collection, where we worked with Adidas on it and it was before a lot of collections were being shown with sneakers,” he said. “It’s a lifestyle shift, it isn’t just a trend, it’s a proper thing. I think people are really into it, it just has to be presented in the appropriate way for people.”
Do you love the athleisure shift?