A quick little post featuring the new ‘Queens Collection‘ from one of my all time favourite Fitness Fashion houses, Monreal London. I live in fitness clothes (mostly because it’s my daily ‘uniform’ to train clients), and as such, I’m always on the lookout for revolutionary design which straddles fitness and fashion. In this latest collection from Monreal, I’ve noticed a serious advancement from tennis-wear to genuine crossover attire; pieces that are smart enough to wear for anything short of a wedding, yet still casual enough to train in, thanks to a neat, purposefully minimal aesthetic. I shot this look on my recent active escape to France, in the grounds of Chateau De La Chèvre D’Or, as well as a couple of shots in my studio.
The collection, as the name may suggest, is inspired by Queens – not as you Brits may think the epic Queens Club in Barons Court, London, which hosts the annual pre-Wimbledon grass championship (as per my recent visit). Instead, designer Stefani Grosse (who I interviewed recently HERE) draws upon the creative energy from the Manhattan neighbourhood of TriBeCa, so called for being an acronym of TRIangle BElow CAnal (Street), and one of my absolute favourite parts of that magical island. The reference to triangular geometry is clearly perceptible in the graphic lines of these leggings, and not by accident!
The palate of the broader TriBeCa collection (of which Queens forms a ‘capsule-esque’ part) is unlike the colours you might have come to expect from Tennis styling; of course there’s white, but it’s punctuated by more bold, brightly blocked colours, mirroring the punchy colouring of a Roy Lichtenstein pop art masterpiece. The result is something that’s clearly meant for purposes other than just a court, which is what appeals to me, as 99% of the time, I’m not on court!
Key highlights of the collection for me, are contrasting insert panels on the tees, heat transfer detailing, beautiful pop-art prints by Malika LeFavre, preppy cable-knit detailing, some ultra-versatile zip-up jackets which are a bit of a mainstay in my wardrobe, and of course the development on their signature sporty dress worn by the likes of Victoria Beckham and Pippa Middleton. All underpinned by beautiful quality of production, and aspirational subtle gold and silver details here and there.
I’ve been wearing the gorgeous signature jacket with a pair of white skinny jeans all summer, but it’s versatile enough to go with most training clothes! I think this sort of development is great news for those of us who’d like to see activewear look more chic than merely a pair of thoughtless black leggings, and the fashion world is clearly responding to our demands – long may it continue!
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