• Text Thomas Davis
  • Photography Harry Carr
  • 10th January 2014

Tracksuit's back alright

Nothing says modern menswear quite like a purple knit football top re-proportioned into a tunic, or a flower printed puffa jacket worn with a classic Adidas sneaker. That’s exactly what Christopher Shannon sent down the catwalk of his FW14 show.

Models appeared on the runway resembling 1970s footballers who’d been caught in the rain post-match after a few pints, decked out in a black nylon and lambskin take on the old school PE teacher tracksuit.

Knits emblazoned with graphics of cigarette packets – with brand names such as ‘Good Times’ and ‘Monday Nights’ – gave another amusing, yet melancholic, nod to the influences of post punk 70s Britain.

This wasn’t another pastiche retake on the romantic poverty of chav subculture, but more of an appreciation for a fun-loving, laddish attitude translated into jogging bottom-style trousers, leather cagoules and well printed tech shirts in vibrant colours.

Think Uma Thurman’s tracksuit in Kill Bill (but in an intense scally shade of tangerine) mixed with The Football Factory and you’re basically there.