A GLAM SLAM’S 2014 FASHION “HITS” & “MISSES” IN SPORTS
Fashion and sports continue to integrate in new and unique ways, and this year was marked by another range of sartorial successes and fashion faux-pas. Large-scale events like the Winter Olympics in Sochi and the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, added to the 2014 sports fashion scene.
A Glam Slam has once again compiled the “Hits” and “Misses,” which encompass some of the best, worst, most buzzed about and most controversial, sports fashion moves of 2014. Here they are, in no particular order:
Take a look back at A Glam Slam’s 2010 Fashion “Hits” and “Misses” in Sports here, 2011 Fashion “Hits” and “Misses” in Sports here, 2012 Fashion “Hits” and “Misses” in sports here, and 2013 Fashion “Hits” and “Misses” in Sports here.
A GLAM SLAM’S 2014 FASHION “HITS”
Ugly was the New Pretty: Team Sweater Styles
Ugly sweater styles for NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB and NCAA teams were the fanwear style of choice this year. The fashions from Forever Collectibles were suited for the holidays and beyond, merging team colors and logos with seasonal themed graphics. According to Forbes, “the company sold out of all 300,000 sports team sweaters it manufactured in the United States this year.” Additional retailers like Fresh Brewed Tees and Tipsy Elves also offered sporty versions of the ugly sweater.
The NFL Fashion Game
“Tara and Johnny” at the Olympics
Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski were breakout stars at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. The Olympic figure skaters turned commentators were praised both for their expertise and for their fashion choices. Each day, the colorful duo showcased a variety of embellished outfits in carefully coordinated hues. They also documented their daily looks for fans to see.
(photo via @TaraLipinski)
Andrew Wiggins: NBA Draft Style Star
The NBA Draft provides an opportunity for upcoming players to get an early start on developing their personal style. It’s now commonplace for draftees to hire a stylist or custom tailor for the occasion. This year’s top pick, Andrew Wiggins, received as much attention for his #1 Draft spot as for his Draft Day attire. It was the most memorable NBA Draft style, with coverage from sports and fashion media alike. The look was a collaboration between stylist, Brandon Williams, and designer, Waraire Boswell. From a one-of-kind jacket fabric to a floral lapel pin, Wiggins proved that he’s poised to become one of the NBA’s newest style stars.
(photo via nba.com)
Super Bowl XLVIII Helmets and World Cup Brazuca Balls Get Designer Treatment
Fashion and sports collided during two of the year’s biggest sporting events: Super Bowl XLVIII and the FIFA World Cup. In honor of Super Bowl XLVIII, which touched down in the New York/New Jersey area, haute couture helmets were created as a collaboration between Bloomingdales, the CFDA, and 48 top fashion designers. The stylish lids were auctioned off to benefit the NFL Foundation.
In similar fashion, a range of high-end designers put their aesthetic spin on the Brazuca, the official match ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Online retailer, LUISAVIAROMA.com, teamed up with adidas and top designers, and the Brazuca balls were auctioned off to support the Gol de Letra Foundation.
Joe Namath’s Fur-Tastic Super Bowl Style
Joe Namath showed up to the big game wearing one of his famous fur coats. The New York Jets legend was known to don fur styles during his playing days. His Super Bowl XLVIII look caused a fashion frenzy and the fur took on a personality of its own. It was a hot topic throughout the game, it led to the creation of twitter accounts, and it meant big buzz for local furrier, Marc Kaufman Furs, who designed the coat.
(photo via Mashable.com)
Norway Curling Team’s Crazy Trousers
Leading up to the Sochi Games, fans had been eagerly anticipating the newest set of trouser styles from Norway’s Curling Team, and they delivered. The squad initially debuted the crazy patterned pants from Loudmouth Golf during the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. The trousers quickly became a fashion sensation and a team trademark. The team debuted several different designs for each stage of their Olympic run, including the Norwegian flag, paint splatters, and florals.
Russell Westbrook Scores in the Fashion Business
Russell Westbrook burst onto the NBA fashion scene during the 2012 NBA Playoffs, when he hit the post-game podium wearing a Lacoste fish hook printed polo and red, thick-rimmed specs. In the time since, he’s turned his passion for style into a successful business outside of the game. This year alone, Westbrook collaborated with Barneys NY on a capsule collection, he partnered with underwear brand Kings & Jaxs, and he launched a signature collection of eyewear.
Special Edition Uniforms Pay Homage to Pop Culture
Specialty jerseys often snag a spot on A Glam Slam’s hit list, thanks to their creativity, originality and overall fun factor. This year’s special styles were no exception. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Tutles, and the Seinfeld “Puffy Shirt” tributes were among the winning looks.
Charlotte Hornets Teal and Purple Redux
This year marked a return to the purple and teal colorway and the Charlotte Hornets name. The color combination, first designed by Alexander Julian, remained a fan favorite even after the team became the Charlotte Bobcats and had adopted a new color scheme. The revamped uniforms feature the purple and teal color palette with designs that pay homage to the past.
Rickie Fowler’s Sartorial Tribute to Payne Stewart
(photos via espn.com)
Roger Federer and Michael Jordan: A Perfect Match
Champions collided in the name of footwear fashion: Roger Federer + Michael Jordan. Enough said.
(photo via Businessweek)
The NBA on TNT Crew Suits Up to Honor Craig Sager
Craig Sager has an affinity for eccentric suit styles, often featuring unique fabrics and an unexpected mix of colors and patterns. Despite the critiques, Sager takes pride in wardrobe choices. When it was revealed that Sager was battling leukemia, the NBA on TNT crew paid homage to the sideline reporter, each sporting their best Sager suit styles.
Maggie Vessey’s Fast-Track Fashion
In an effort to draw attention to the sport and add some fashionable flair to the track, Maggie Vessey debuted a range of unexpected running designs. Vessey took inspiration from pieces already in her wardrobe. The resulting race attire featured bold colors, bow details, cut-outs, all part of a collaboration with fashion designer, Merlin Castell. For a look at more of Vessey’s style statement, visit here.
(photos via Runner’s World)
Underwear Gigs Reign Supreme
Underwear gigs dominated athlete fashion endorsements this year. While David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo were already deep in the game, a range of sports stars joined the ranks as underwear brand ambassadors, designers, and models. The list included: Russell Westbrook for Kings & Jaxs. Nick Kyrgios for Bonds, James Rodriguez for Bronzino, Henrik Lundqvist for Bread & Boxers, Rafael Nadal for Tommy Hilfiger, and Kevin Durant for Neff Headwear. Additionally, Jockey made waves in the underwear game after creating a special-edition “MadBum” style for World Series champ and San Francisco Giants pitcher, Madison Bumgarner.
Parents Sport Custom Fan Fashions
Parents of sports stars found creative ways to showcase support for their children, through their clothing choices. Sibling matchups prompted custom jerseys styles that merged each player’s team and number. Teddy Bridgewater’s mother took the fan fashion game to a whole new level, sporting a tee that featured an all-over graphic of her son at the NFL Draft.
A GLAM SLAM’S 2014 FASHION “MISSES”
Jim Harbaugh’s $8 Khaki Craze
Jim Harbaugh’s khaki trousers made their way into the NFL fashion spotlight this year. The pleated pants have been a sideline wardrobe staple for the San Francisco 49ers head coach. Harbaugh’s wife, Sarah, quickly caused a stir when she admitted that she’s not a fan of her husband’s fashion choices. Soon afterwards, Harbaugh was pictured buying the infamous $8 trousers from Walmart, sparking a khaki craze among fans and retailers.
(photo via Deadspin)
Tomas Berdych’s French Open Florals
Tomas Berdych hit the court in Roland Garros clad in a floral printed design from H&M. The mix of flowers and stripes was unique in the tennis fashion landscape, but the look was not a smash with fans.
(photo via LiveTennis.com)
Versace Celebrates the World Cup with a $690 Tee
Versace was among the fashion brands to debut a limited-edition style in celebration of the World Cup. The “Versace Loves Brazil T-Shirt” featured an overly embellished design, emblazoned with gold chains, flowers, leopard prints, and silhouettes of soccer players. The loud, colorful creation came with a hefty $690 price tag.
Athletes across sports conducted their post-game interviews while wearing some questionable pieces of headwear. Among the greatest faux-pas were the head-toppers below, as seen on Von Miller, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.
Don Cherry’s Cherry Suit
Subtle suit styles do not exist in Don Cherry’s wardrobe. The hockey commentator out Cherry’d himself this year, when he sported a Cherry-themed jacket paired with a tie featuring his own portrait. He was a repeat offender, bringing the Cherry suit back for a second showing.
(photos via @goldandorsmith)
Cam Newton’s Capris
Cam Newton hit the post-game podium in one of the year’s most memorable fashion statements. The too-short trousers were reminiscent of Dwyane Wade’s Gucci capri faux-pas from last year.
(photo via @BlackBlueReview)
Olympic Oops: Wardrobe Malfunctions
While there were plenty of style winners in Sochi, the Olympic Games were also full of wardrobe malfunctions. Under Armour received slack for Team USA’s speedskating uniforms. Splitting ski suits and falling pants were also among the sartorial mishaps.
Metta World Peace Puts Pandas on his Feet
Fans have seen a fare share of crazy sneaker styles hit the hardwood, but none quite like “The Panda’s Friend” shoes. If there was one athlete to sport the pands-themed kicks, it’s no surprise that it was Metta World Peace.
(photo via @MettaWorldPeace)
Introducing the University of Wisconsin Bearcats
Duje Dukan was as confused as anyone else, when adidas committed a fashion foul, sending the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team the warm-ups below.
(photo via @ddukan13)
2014 FASHION “HIT” OR “MISS?”
Team USA’s Opening Ceremony Sochi Sweaters
The beauty of our flag is its powerful simplicity. Team USA’s Open Ceremony sweater styles from Ralph Lauren were anything but simple. The chunky, navy knit cardigans were loudly decorated with an array of embroidered designs. But patriotism is a plus and when the athletes hit the Opening Ceremony stage, the fashions left a memorable impression.