If you were tuned into to BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year yesterday evening you’re likely to agree that last nights ceremony wasn’t just about personality. We’re used to seeing footballers arrive by coach at football grounds suited and booted before a match but this year we have been so engrossed in The London 2012 Olympic Games that we are far too used to seeing our athletes in the Olympic collaboration clothing designed by Adidas and Stella McCartney. It’s extremely easy to forget they wear clothing other than sportswear!
I am happy to say I didn’t spot any fashion disasters during the evening, but at the same time it is easy to see who stole the show. Firstly there can be no surprise that award presenters David Beckham and Kate Middleton were both looking fabulous. Kate looked radiant in a floor length dark green Alexander McQueen bell sleeve gown tucked in at the waist with a front slit; we could only just make out her tiny bump. David Beckham showed off his warm winter tailored look with a heritage brown tweed jacket co-ordinated with black slim fit trousers and glossy black formal footwear. Kate and David never fail to depict classic British elegance.
Some may say self-confessed fashion lover and Olympic gymnast Louis Smith has been spending too much time in the Strictly Come Dancing wardrobe department. Last night he sported a new geek chic look with a grey tight fit blazer, baggy check print trousers and matching bow tie. He completed his statement look with oversized rimmed spectacles and a giant belt buckle. Love Louis’ geek chic style or hate it I admire him for being fun with his fashion!
The best-dressed lady of the evening undoubtedly was Olympic poster girl and heptathlon gold medallist Jess Ennis. Jess shone in a scarlet figure-hugging Victoria Beckham gown. The silky wool blend dress with a v-neck cut was the epitome of simple and stylish fashion. Features of the full length gown such as the slim black waist belt and a zip down the back of the dress from her neck to the floor created the perfect fit for Jess’ beautiful figure.
It is safe to say that much loved cyclist and winner of Sports Personality of the Year Bradley Wiggins is not just the best-dressed gentleman of the evening but also a new found style icon. But don’t be fooled Wiggins sixties style isn’t just grabbed from your local vintage store, his exquisite blue velvet double-breasted suit with boot kick turn-up trousers was designed for him by Carnaby Street Tailor Mark Powell. Wiggo admits his style is inspired by his music hero and Modfather Paul Weller. Personally I love nothing more than people who reflect their personality in their clothing choices, it’s not something that always comes naturally as we tend to conform to societies dress code rules. But I take my hat off to Wiggo for leaving those traditional conservative sportsman suits behind and showing some edgy sixties style!