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Accessories, Sportswear

2012 is over. Why it is time to stop wearing the Union Jack

By Stefano on January 2nd, 2013

Happy New Year everyone. Hope is it a great one for you all. 2012 was pretty special wasn’t it! Even if you don’t really like sports you couldn’t possibly fail to be moved by the events of the Olympics and the Paralympics and the amazing stories they generated.

And as for the Jubilee, even as person who isn’t much of a royalist,  I couldn’t help but think it brought a lot of pleasure to a lot of people. 2012 will be remembered then as the year in which Britain wore a smile on her face.

But 2012 is gone and it is time to move on and one thing I want to see as lot less of is the fashion industry constantly recycling the Union Jack flag. Throughout 2012 it has been everywhere. From Stella McCartney’s Adidas sports wear through to Clarks shoes (and million T shirts on the way) the Union Jack has been ubiquitous. And let’s not even get into stuff like this.

So why should we stop wearing it? Well it is not that I am not patriotic, or even not appreciative of the flag’s design (surely only the Stars and Stripes runs it close in iconic flags)  It is just that last year we had very good reasons to be donning the colours – this year there’s hardly any sporting events that merit it as the key ones (like the cricket Ashes, World Cup football qualifiers) feature the home countries sides rather than Britain.

Of course the Union jack has been purloined by all sorts of pop culture magpies from The Who in the 60s through to Shane McGowan (yes you read that correctly in the late 70s. But they were arguably sporting the flag in an ironic way that reflected the pop art movement and punk respectively. There’s very little irony in anyone wearing the flag  today. Even Noel Gallagher and Geri Halliwell with their Union Jack guitar and dress in the 90s at least did something surprising. No one would ever look twice at a musician donning the flag today.

What I’d hate to see is the Union Jack turn into another Stars and Stripes and become some weird ubiquitous emblem that’s emblazoned throughout the world from Argentina to Zambia on hats, t shirts and more but really is little more than cheesy fashion. It is better than that. Also  we have seen so many permutations on the flag -  green, light blue and more, that re-inventing  it is neither clever or interesting now.

So it is 2013, the  Union Jack was so last year. Time to move on.

 

 



Gallery, Health & Fitness, News, Sportswear

London 2012: Stella McCartney’s Team GB kit for Adidas revealed

By Gerald Lynch on March 23rd, 2012

Team GB London 2012 kit

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(left-right) Eleanor Simmonds, Phillips Idowu, Louis Smith and Jessica Ennis pose as Adidas unveil the British Team Kit designed by Stella McCartney during a photocall at the Tower of London, London.

Forget going for gold. Team GB will be decked out in indigo as they take to the track and field for the London 2012 Olympic games.

Inspired by the Union Jack flag, the Olympic and Paralympic sportswear will feature predominately blue hues paired with red footwear as they compete across the summer.

Designed by Beatle offspring Stella McCartney in partnership with sponsors Adidas, over 900 British athletes will be kitted out with a total of approximately 175,000 items of clothing from the range during the games.

“All eyes will be on the British athletes when they take the stage at the Games,” said Adidas UK Marketing Director Nick Craggs.

“We wanted to ensure that they would be the best equipped team through a combination of leading technologies including PowerWEB and Climacool and a unified and striking team identity.”

So what’s the rough verdict on the kit? While the public seem a little sceptical on the actual “Britishness” of the clothing, it’s garnered unanimous praise from the athletes themselves.

“It is very blue and that is nice and subtle but, at the same time, it does what it needs to do,” BMX cyclist Shanaze Reade told BBC Sport.

“You can often blend in with French wearing red, white and blue but this is completely on its own and makes us feel very British. As females it is all about what it looks like and if you feel good it makes us perform even better.”

110 metre hurdler Will Sharman was equally chuffed, noting that the kit was functional as well as fashionable:

“It needs to be lightweight, which it is, it needs to be aerodynamic and it is. There is no flapping about so, from a performance perspective, it’s exactly what we were looking for. The colours are different but it’s definitely British. I get excited putting it on. It has the Olympic rings on and that gives you pride.”

So what do you think? Will you be sprinting down to your local sportswear dealer to get a piece of McCartney’s Olympic designs, or has one of the UK’s leading fashion designers missed out on a medal this year? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

IMAGES: Press Association



Collaborations, Watches

Whatever It Takes Launches New Watches Featuring Celeb Artwork

By Laura on November 5th, 2010

Whatever It Takes has just launched a new collection of Limited Edition classic watches featuring artwork donated by a host of celebrities including George Clooney, Giorgio Armani, Samuel L Jackson, Donna Karan and Stella McCartney.

The watches are being sold as a part of the Whatever It Takes campaign launched by 21st Century Leaders Foundation to raise funds for key global development causes such as environmental conservation, poverty alleviation and the protection of children.

The collection features a range of rose gold, gold, and brushed steel faces, along with brown or black leather straps. The watch faces all feature artwork donated by a celebrity and come with a personalized message from the celebrity. Prices start from £69.99

Check out the collection below.



Clothing, Designer Spotlight, News

Stella McCartney Menswear? Yes, Please!

By Will Reid on May 8th, 2009

stellamenswearSince turning up at the Met’s Costume Institute Gala with a trinity of her Hollywood girlfriends, Stella McCartney has had a whirlwind week involving everyone from Simon Doonan (creative director of Barneys) to Michelle Obama.

While chatting to the gloriously over-the-top Doonan, Stella was asked about lending her ethical hand to a menswear collection. “Yes, I would love to!”- so what can we expect? I’m hoping for vegan-leather brogues and penny loafers, baggy suit jackets, chunky patterned knits for men, modern shapes and shirts in innovative fabrics.

McCartney, herself, spoke recently about her love of menswear: “I’ve always been a bit obsessed with men’s tailoring. When I was in St. Martins, I’d take time out at night and go work on Savile Row. I was always influenced by my mum and dad’s wardrobe and they always had really cool bespoke suits.”

I can’t wait! (Just no lace jumpsuits, please!)

(Image: WENN)



Clothing, Coats & Jackets, Suits & Tailoring

Eco Chic or Recycling Freak? Coke Can Tux

By Will Reid on April 8th, 2009

coke-can-1.jpgWhen you see a photo of a teen wearing a prom tuxedo jacket fashioned entirely from Coke cans, you have to wonder what the teen in question does with their free time. This guy, a Napoleon Dynamite-lookalike with a penchant for commercialism, has decided to venture into eco-friendly fashion and after the jump you can witness the entire creation of the waistcoat and jacket (plus bowtie!) from metal to masterpiece. Sadly, this look is more Sideshow Bob than Stella McCartney.

(Images)

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Clothing, Designer Spotlight, Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities

David Walliams- Ladies Man, Transvestite, Children’s Book Author?

By Will Reid on October 8th, 2008

walliams.jpgDavid Walliams, the man who shot to stardom with the launch of Little Britain, has accomplished many things. He’s won a ton of awards, just launched state-side, swam across the English Channel and even been spotted with the likes of Natalie Imbruglia and Kate Moss on his arm. Now, the comedian had decided to write a book for children, ‘The Boy In The Dress,’ about a boy who likes to dress in female clothing and his journey to see the approval of his peers. Illustrated by Quentin Blake, I’m sure it will sell simply on shock factor but it would struggle to be as shocking as this editorial from Parade magazine.

In the editorial, Walliams struts his (hairy) stuff in designer couture in an effort to publicise his latest career move. Oh, dear.

See after the jump for all the photos- and it only gets worse!

(Source: Daily Mail)

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Designer Spotlight, Sportswear

Jeremy Scott and Adidas- I really like it, I mean hate it

By Jonathan Smith on October 8th, 2008

jeremyscott.jpgThe first lovely preview of the Adidas x Jeremy Scott colab is upon us, and I’m looking to those who boldly go where I choose not to… no, fear to tread. Those who say yes to leopard print and knocked off Armani. To those who still rock a greasy mullet and large faux jewel earings. That’s right, I’m looking to the Portuguese and their king Cristiano Ronaldo.

Jeremy Scott has created quite an enigma in this line, pieces being both awesome and totally shit all at the same time, which is quite an achievement. For example the sneakers have wings on them- awesome, but then they are gold and have wings on them- totally shit. All pieces are eye catching to say the least and do genuinely have a little extra oomph on what Adidas has produced in the past with any of its previous colabs (Yohji Yamamto and Stella McCartney spring to mind)- which is definitely a plus. Still I’m left wondering who exactly is going to wear any of it. Oh. Ronaldo.

Jump through for more images.

[Source: Trashbag Aesthetic]

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