Remember P.E? You know the compulsory subject we endured in high school. Physical Education, probably the most embarrassing and unfashionable experience. It’s not that you have to break a sweat. It’s that you had to wear unflattering clothing. My school P.E uniform was white and maroon, safe you would say. But, the shorts were too short, I caught glimpse of another guy’s manhood, that’s how short they were. And they were the worst in winter. Wearing shorts in winter was horrid. If only at that time, Dirk Bikkembergs had released his Sport Couture collection AW 2009/2010 when I started high school. I would have campaigned for his pieces as our P.E uniform.
It comes in maroon and white, genius. Its genius however, doesn’t stop there, with such fabrics as cashmere, wool and jersey. It’s an automatic comfort hugging experience. His collection has versatility that could make a footballer kicking with glee and would give someone like myself, who doesn’t playfootball, an impression that I do. Dirk (don’t worry we are not on first name terms) gives us joggers that are slim, flattering and that accentuate your body to the point of them being anatomically part of your body. The joggers here aren’t chavvy at all, they are sport couture. Luxurious and comfortable.
The collection offers satin suit combinations that adapt easily from the pitch to a gala. Winter classics are also added to the collection in the form of leather jackets, maroon double breasted coats, peacoats and turtle neck shirts. Mid-calf lace-up leather boots were styled with leg warmers and for accessories the leather bags were big enough to fit new born twins; and use them as weights. The colour palette was strong and rich, using reds, maroon, burgundy, grey and navy blue.
I view this collection as a sophisticated blend of tailored formality and frivolous comfort. It’s elegant, sharp and refined. With the freedom coming from the relaxed fabrics. His craftsmanship is to be praised and worthy of giving Nike a run for its money.