Shireen Fashion Blog
Posted by Shireen Sandoval 10/26/12, 11:29am
Looking dewey and radiant with half-naked men gyrating around her, Olivia Newton John made headbands hot in her video (Let's Get) Physical in a way only a movie star could. Swiveling her head and hips into positions I've only seen in Kama Sutra books, Jamie Lee Curtis made spandex special in the movie Perfect, and Jennifer Beals made leg warmers and one-shoulder sweatshirts all the rage in Flashdance.
No doubt about it, even in my flabby triceps "I don't run unless being chased because someone wants my Gucci purse" kind of world, I do indeed understand film, fitness and fashion have always shared a special connection. I think it's perfectly captured in famed photographer Philippe Halsman's 1952 picture of Marilyn Monroe Lifting Weights.
Over the years though the muscle of that relationship has stretched and strained itself into something bigger, something broader. I'm doing one armed push-ups sponsored by Converse while writing this (not really) but as pop culture continues morphing into a world driven by *celebrity* which has shape-shifted into an overindulgent, overexposed, voyeuristic sport, work-out wear is influenced more by, say, athletes, rap stars, even reality show personalities, NOT necessarily the movies.
From Missy Elliot's love of vinyl tracksuits, Eminem's obsession with NikeAir Max LTD's, Bethany Frankel's Skinny Girl's Smoother's n' Shapers, The Sitch's own Jersey Shore work-out inspired clothing line and Dwyane Wade's well suited ways off the court named by GQ, Esquire even Forbes Magazine as one of the best dressed men in America, the new players in the fitness wear game have left film running on an old school track while hightailing it mach 10 on a modern day treadmill.
So it wasn't surprising when my stylist Shari, pumpkin latte in hand sprinted into my flat looking strangely Sporty as in Spice. The spring in her step wasn't from being over caffeinated, it was the way she rocked a new pair of perfectly wedged high heeled, high-topped sneakers. She'd seen a movie prior to our visit Taken 2 but I'm guessing Liam Neeson wasn't sporting swanky lifted kicks while kicking-ass. Instead, Shari reflects the sights and sounds of pop culture in the 21st century expressing them through her fashion choices.
I can't run through airport security or around the block in my new tennis shoes (unless being chased in the aformentioned way) but they are indeed comfortable & pretty cool. They have old school lace-ups in front with a nifty velcro strap to seal the fit. I chose a dark beige pair with a light rimmed sole for a hipster look. If you're say over 12, stay in your age range with skinny jeans and a dressier top.
I snagged my sneaks for $40 at JC Penney in the Aventura Mall with the theme from Chariots of Fire playing in my head (old habits die hard). Flex your own fashion biceps at http://www.jcpenney.com/