As part of the Nine for IX documentary series, ESPN Films aired “The 99’ers,” providing a candid, behind-the-scenes look at the 1999 U.S. Women’s National Team and their World Cup experience. Brandi Chastain admitted that she still gets nervous each time she sees footage of her game-winning penalty kick, in the shootout against China. The following image, of a celebratory, sports-bra bearing Chastain, quickly became ingrained in the minds of sports fans. With the 1999 Women’s World Cup victory, the soccer star and her teammates helped to reshape the landscape of women’s soccer, and encourage and excite a new generation of female athletes.
As a soccer mom herself and a spokesperson for the Merck Consumer Care’s Active Family Project, Chastain continues to inspire through the sport today. The Active Family Project has partnered with U.S. Youth Soccer (USYS) to encourage families to “Play For … Read More »
The relationship between tennis and fashion evolves with each season, widening the game’s fashion landscape. The sport puts clothing on full display, prompting athletic wear brands to serve up fresh new styles at every tournament. Center court now doubles as a catwalk, with designs that range from conservative and classic to edgy and eccentric. While the apparel is performance-driven, runway trends continue to weave their way into competitive designs. Tennis’ lack of uniform restrictions also affords players more fashionable freedom, allowing their personal style to shine.
For the final Grand Slam of the season, Fila’s athletes will be styled in fashions that fuse elements of the brand’s iconic heritage with current trends. The new women’s Heritage line boasts a mix of blue tones, ombre stripes and modern silhouettes, to evoke an old school vibe with a contemporary twist. Each of Fila’s female players will sport different pieces … Read More »
The sports apparel market continues to grow and change with each season, in an effort to satisfy the tastes of fans. In the sea of sports merchandise, it takes a unique concept to stand out. Consumers are increasingly more savvy, seeking team-themed clothing that merges lifestyle with sports. True Rivalry developed a new approach to fan gear design and a novel way for passionate sports enthusiasts to show off their team spirit. While logo options are numerous, the Montreal-based brand instead offers original designs that provide an edgy, stylish spin on standard sports gear.
True Rivalry’s fashions allow fans to express themselves through their clothing. The company encourages fans to “wear your heart on your chest” when it comes to showcasing their love for the game. The brand’s rivalry sports team tees, hoodies and hats are embellished with witty tag lines and creative artwork for a … Read More »
Stephanie Gilmore has cemented herself as a dominant force in the surfing world and continues to make waves as the sport’s leading female star. At just 25 years of age, her list of accomplishments is endless. She is a 5x ASP World Champion and 2010 Laureus World Sports Award winner, just a small taste of her success. Her landmark achievements continue to pave the way for future female competitors.
The surf star and fashion enthusiast also snagged the 2013 ESPY Award for “Best Female Action Athlete.” She was praised for her wave-riding skills and her red carpet fashion game. Stephanie is often recognized for her style, both on and off the board. Her jet-setting lifestyle helps to inspire her personal fashion sense and as the newest ROXY Surf Team member, her surf and swim wear is marked by the brand’s colorful, fashion-forward designs.
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An injury has kept Vera Zvonareva out of the game since the London Olympics, but the Russian tennis star’s off-court endeavors have kept her quite busy. Zvonareva has been balancing both education and fitness, earning a degree in international business relations and helping to develop a racquet conditioning class. A Glam Slam had the opportunity to participate in the latter. The 45-minute total body workout, dubbed Fila Slam, was created in conjunction with Sports Club/LA fitness experts and inspired by the Fila sponsored WTA Tour tennis champ.
The Fila Slam class was designed to improve a participant’s play by focusing on strength, endurance and overall total body conditioning through a variety of exercises and drills. Miami-based Sports Club/LA instructor/trainer, Greg Corso, watched videos of Zvonareva and incorporated her training techniques into the fitness program. Squats, jumps and burpees (which Zvonareva cited as her … Read More »
Torah Bright, 2010 Winter Olympics gold medalist, will soon have a chance to add to her medal count. The Australian snowboarding star has been focusing her efforts on the 2014 Winter Games, where she’ll compete in three events. Sochi will provide an opportunity for Bright to pad her already impressive resume. She is one of the few snowboarders who can throw down a switch Mctwist 720 in competition, and she’s had dominate performances at competitions around the world including the TTR World Tour, Global Open Series and Winter X Games.
In addition to her snowboarding skills, Torah has helped to elevate style on the slopes. She’s been a part of the Roxy team since 1999 and is among the athletes who have also acted as design collaborators. Together with the brand, she developed a signature line of apparel called the Roxy Bright … Read More »
Last season’s NBA Playoffs and Finals coverage focused heavily on fashion. Each post-game press conference produced sartorial winners and losers, prompting fans, media, and members of the fashion industry to join the conversation. The postseason continues to provide a forum for players to showcase their personal style. The game’s top stars strive to set themselves apart from their competition, through their clothing choices.
The Memphis Grizzlies are in the midst of an NBA Playoff run and Mike Conley’s on-court efforts have been matched by his fashion efforts. The Grizzlies’ point guard began working with NBA/NFL stylist, Brandon Williams, who has helped to bring out the best in his style game. The process of NBA Playoffs dressing begins long before teams are determined. For stylists like Williams, that means sourcing and saving exclusive finds so clients can put their most fashionable foot forward on … Read More »
Lee-Ann Curren was born into a family of surfers. Though she’s the daughter of 3x ASP World Champion, Tom Curren, she’s developed a style and skill set all her own. Lee-Ann started competing relatively late, but the Biarritz native and Roxy brand ambassador has established herself as a rising star in European surfing. She’s already achieved success, having been crowned both European Junior Champion and 2x ASP European Champion.
Surfing is not the only thing that Lee-Ann has in common with her father, as her talents extend outside the water. When she’s not competing or training, Curren also has a passion for music. She’s currently touring the East Coast with her band, Betty The Shark, and describes their vibe as “Indie rock with a bit of surf music in it with guitar riffs.” For more on Lee-Ann’s band to listen to some … Read More »
Dressing professional athletes is a tall order. These days many sports pros choose the made-to-measure route, as custom creations allow them to reveal elements of their personality through their fashion choices. At 6’7, designer Waraire Boswell has dealt with the difficulties of finding clothing to suit his larger frame. His foray into the fashion world was built out of his own need for access to garments that would flatter his physique. Since he began designing in 2002, his “WB Custom” business has blossomed. The LA-based designer’s work has been featured in top fashion magazines and his accolades include being named the 2005 Mercedes-Benz Classic Designer of the Year.
With an aesthetic marked by high quality, functionality and great attention to detail in terms of design and customer service, Waraire Boswell has attracted a wide range of celebrity clientele, from professional athletes to Hollywood … Read More »
When it comes to sports fan apparel, fashions that are out of style are what’s in style. Consumer demand for vintage team gear has several companies producing retro-inspired merchandise. Despite the surge in mass produced throwback styles, many fans are still seeking those original, hard to find items.
Imagine a walk-in closet housing satin Starter Jackets, NBA Champion jerseys, old-school Jordan kicks, athlete figurines, and a range of 1980’s and 90’s retro treasures. That’s what you’ll find at Mr. Throwback. Every inch of the East Village shop is covered; racks of clothing feature vintage fashions for pro and collegiate teams and players, walls are lined with snapback caps and posters, and a corner of cassette tapes, video games and Goosebumps books will take you back in time. Leaving no detail unturned, each piece of apparel also features a vintage trading card that … Read More »