Ryan Lochte said it makes him feel “superhuman,” while Michael Phelps said it gives him an “extra boost of confidence” as he steps up to the starting blocks to start a race.
So what’s got America’s top Olympic swimmers so stoked? Speedo’s new Fastskin3 Racing System.
On Wednesday, the manufacturer unveiled the system, which consists a cap and goggle in addition to a suit for the first time. Although each piece is designed separately, they work together to allow swimmers a “cohesive, hydrodynamic solution to cut through the water with maximum efficiency.” Among its boasting points is that the Fastskin3 system offers a 16.1 percent reduction in passive drag, an 11 percent improvement in oxygen economy and a 5.2 percent reduction in full body active drag.
For the layman, that means that swimmers wearing the suit at the upcoming Olympic Games in London next summer may just get the edge they need to reach the wall first. Bob Bowman, Phelps’ coach, expects the extra peripheral vision available in the goggles to help the world’s most decorated swimmer keep his head in a neutral position when he “sneaks a peek” at his competitors on his turns.
Perhaps most important is that the Fastskin3 system has been approved by FINA, the international governing body of swimming. Speedo’s last iteration of a racing suit, the LZR Racer, resulted in so many new records being set that it was considered “technological doping” and was later banned by the organization. In the Beijing Olympics in 2008, 94 percent of all swimming races were won in the suit.
Jim Gerson, president of Speedo, said Wednesday that FINA has given the Fastskin3 the green light with the men wearing suits that sit on their waists and women wearing either an open or closed-back version.
The suits, a version of which will also be sold to the general public, will be available for presale beginning today and shipped in January. Prices range from a cap at $40 to the female super elite suit at $560.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion