Friday, July 27, 2012

Prêt? Allez!

Hi, I’m Badger, and I’m Allison
We’re each, in our own way, a little addicted to fashion. And we’re both more than a little addicted to fencing.
Somewhere along the way, we noticed it’s hard to reconcile these two enthusiasms.

Frankly, fencing doesn’t seem offer a lot of scope for fashion flair. Sure some vendors sell colored masks or lames (in a limited palette). Some clubs have STRIPED SOCKS (gasp). For a long time we thought really, other than that, what’s left? Decorating the nails of your off hand?

[Mexico's Graciela Teran, an athletics coach for Mexico and mother of walker Eder Sanchez, displays her nails painted with Olympic Rings at the Olympic village in Beijing August 10, 2008. [Agencies]

However, having kept our eyes open at competitions over the past few years, we’ve noticed that, in fact, you can’t suppress creativity.

Maybe it’s harder for fencers to add flounce to uniforms than it is than for tennis players

[Venus Williams, on Time Photos]

Maybe we can’t rock the color like snowboarders do
David, 20, Madrid Spain, from What’s Whistler Wearing]

However, we’ve discovered that panache can shine through even the most stringent regulations for safety and against sartorial splendor.

We decided to start documenting and sharing these little rebellions of individuality, snuck under or onto the uniform, or up onto the podium. And we’re looking to you for help in our quest.

So here’s to you, our fellow fencing fashionistas. Let’s show the world how we’ve modded, hacked, altered and enhanced our sport to make it just a little bit more stylish, a little bit more fun.

Want to help get us off to a good start? Let us know what you’d like to see on this blog, and what you would like us to cover.

1 comment:

  1. I look forward to hearing about those jerks who where colored and baggy lames.