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"Silk does for the body what diamonds do for the hand." - Oscar De La Renta

Friday Find: Common Projects low top trainers

fashion sneakers styled with classic separates and silk shirting

Kicks are for kids... right? Once resigned to tennis courts and skate parks, trainers are seeing a contemporary revival as the footwear of choice for off-duty fashion Sundays and casual urban outings. Reworked to perfection by technical footwear champions like Adidas and Nike, the low top trainer has been reborn with a high profile silhouette for the season ahead.

First championed by brand ambassadors like Kanye West and Katie Perry, the classic sneaker was reserved for serious street wear players with a cultural context, a seemingly unassuming trend that bunny hopped onto the fiercely competitive activewear hype of last year, but as any shrewd fashion follower will admit, squeaky clean trainers have become a wardrobe staple for the active gal on the go.

Bridging the gap between the track and the gritty inner city, simple low top trainers from unexpected super luxe designer brands like Chanel to Lanvin have welcomed in a new era for contemporary casual footwear.  A marriage of utility and urbanity, these strictly street wear white leather trainers from Common Projects celebrate a marriage of form and function for the sports enthusiast and the style junkie with discerning taste.

Open to interpretation, these subtle yet stylish barcoded leather trainers from Common Projects are a subtle ode to the retro Adidas Stan Smith model that recently rose to the height of fashion influence. A high luxe take on an everyday, street wear hot to trot trainer, these ubiquitous lust-have low tops have been spotted everywhere from business meetings to ball rooms as the alternative footwear style favourite of the season.

An iconic silhouette for the urban jungle, this versatile light and bright leather trainer is a style savvy sidekick for the winter ahead. Showcased in glossy editorials from Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, the style set are queuing up to lay hands on these covetable sneakers with a catwalk edge.

Paired with a simple yet effective everyday outfit, play with pastels and nude colours to create a winter blossom inspired silhouette. Incorporating the androgynous outerwear trend with this Intermix limited edition long trench coat in powder pink, keep it casual and team heavy outerwear pieces with distressed boyfriend jeans like these Frame Denim Richmond Le Grand Garcon Jeans.

Staying true to the sportswear inspired aesthetic, this classic Iris and Ink Cashmere sweater looks the part with an injection of colour thanks to our trusty VAUGHAN classic silk shirt in Break of Hearts pink. A gourmand blend of yummy palettes and sombre separates, these simple and interchangeable style staples work in unison to create a balance between high-profile prêt à porter street brands and refined sporty lace ups for a minimal take on this season’s leading trends.

Fix up and look sharp with this street appeal ensemble for the big bad city. Oozing with curb appeal, play with proportion and take subtle structural cues from industrial design and minimalist dressing thanks to this casual day outfit for the shrewd city slicker with discerning taste.

Pictured: VAUGHAN silk shirt in Break of Hearts, Intermix trench coat, Iris and Ink sweater, Frame Denim jeans, Common Projects trainers, Gucci tote bag


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