Sports and style may seem like contrasting passions, but several designers are pooling a little inspiration from the Olympics in Beijing.
Not surprisingly, Michael Phelps and his fellow Speedo LZR Racer wearers in the Water Cube have wooed their share of fans, including Peter Som, Yeohlee Teng and Charles Nolan. United Bamboo’s Thuy Pham has been more intrigued by the modern design of the Water Cube by the Australian-based PTW Architects. Whatever the source of inspiration, several designers said their off-hours Olympics viewing may very well have an impact on their future collections.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"