Episode 2 - Activewear Champions - The designers must create a two-look activewear collection representative of their brand. The winner will have the opportunity to create a capsule collection with iconic brand Champion.
The big wig from Champion was also a judge this time around. Frankly none of the designers gave them active wear - clothes that you jog in, etc. The winner designed an elongated champion logo as earrings. Not a fan.
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Yeah, those big old earrings weren't attractive, especially how they ran into or over the jacket making it look cumbersome.
I felt bad for the girl sent home. I'm glad that being eliminated lit a fire under her, as she told us, so she will keep going and not get discouraged. Good for her.
The fabric that guy made of his photo of the logos, looked a little cheap to me. The idea was interesting in theory, but when it was done, it wasn't all that good looking.
What was with the guy with the white underwear? Oh my.
The winner from last week showed some real creativity and imagination with this week's design too, even if she wasn't in the top. Many of the others seemed so puzzled and frustrated by the challenge, and even though she's never done activewear, she came up with something interesting. Lots of the others did not. And I have to say, one trend they seem to like lately is the ties and straps and loose ribbons. I don't get it, that doesn't "elevate" the look, to me, and just looks messy. But the judges don't seem to knock those, yet. Someday, I hope they'll call those expected or boring like they do the other over-done designs.
Raphael has a dramatic sense of style and he brought it with both looks. I really liked the accessible look. He also listened that this was a branding assignment and did a good job with design and branding. Deserved the win.
Curtis did a runway look and an accessible look. I like that he made a fabric and used it for a bodysuit. He knew how to cut the fabric so the pattern draped well on the model. The jacket was nice and went together well with the bodysuit. He understood the assignment and did it well.
Markantoine slayed it with the red sweater with the black Champion logo banding and he styled it very well for the runway. I liked that he paired it well with the plaid shorts.
Middle three: Sienna, Yannik, Gabriela.
Of the middle three designers Sienna seemed to do the best. I don't get the Japanese Girl Gamer look but Heidi and Nicole do. I see this type of style in anime and some K drama. It is way too flimsy and delicate feminine for me. At least she attempted to merge her style with the Champion brand.
Yannik - wasted almost two days of work on fabric. Did he even use it? I guess slapping one piece of logo trim on a garment counts for something.
Gabriela - per her bio is a streetwear designer - well I guess she didn't get it for this assignment. She at least had a ski theme and the male look was OK the after ski loungewear was sad.
Bottom three: Jeannette, Ciara, Georgia.
All three were cringeworthy. Jeannette didn't even attempt to use any Champion trim, banding or logos. Oh, wait she did use some ribbons but you couldn't see it in the runway scenes. This is what you get after two days?
Ciara - what did you do for two days??? this??? Bye Bye Bye!
Georgia - for a person who claims to love Champion and have many pieces you made this?
Honestly if all three ladies had gone I would not miss them.
I do not. First of all it is expensive and they do not make it for anyone over a size 8 so what is the point. Only rappers can afford or wear this stuff. When Heidi had her active wear on Amazon and it was all this dull grey fabric and the prices were ridiculous. It must be a profitable part of the brand but not for regular people.
I find many sports brands do not consider the plus size population. Danskin does and Walmart carries their brand but it looks as if they are scaling back of that. I have some really cute workout capris that translate into everyday wear.
Lets not even start talking about sports bras and trying to find the right sizes. Champion is a joke this area and I do think they invented the first sports bra. I find their bras run small.
The sports bra was invented when two female runners sewed two jock straps together to fulfill a critical need. Branded Jogbra, it was marketed and sold in 1977, and in 1994 the company was rebranded as Champion.
The first sports bra was two jockstraps sewn together
By Molly Shea
August 14, 2017 7:28pm
By 1977, Lisa Lindahl was fed up with running in her regular underwire bra. The University of Vermont employee, then in her late 20s, was frustrated that her male jogging partner could take off his shirt to cool down, while she was stuck in a bra that slipped off her shoulders and dug into her back as she ran.
Why, Lindahl vented to friend and costume designer Polly Smith, wasn’t there something that women could wear to support their breasts without chafing or overheating?
The two set out to create a solution, but didn’t make much progress until Lindahl’s then-husband grabbed his jockstrap and held it over his chest, joking that he’d found it.
Turns out, he was onto something.
“I put it over my chest and it went right over my breast,” Lindahl, now in her late 60s and living in Charleston, SC, tells The Post. “I looked at Polly and said, ‘Oh my word!’”
The two women sewed two jockstraps together, creating what they called the jockbra, which was soon rebranded as the Jogbra. The $16 bra was a revelation: It held breasts in place without metal fixtures or stuffy padding, and the cross-back straps never fell off of shoulders. (Lindahl and her partners sold the company to what would become Champion in 1990.)
This summer marks the 40th anniversary of their invention — and while the sports bra has undoubtedly made technical leaps in the intervening years, its history is a fraught one.
Before the jockbra came into existence, female athletes had been forced to exercise in their regular bras, going so far as to tape the shoulder straps back so they didn’t slip as they ran. Others ran without a bra, leading to uncomfortable catcalls.
Not surprisingly, women embraced the jockbra, which was sold in sporting goods stores and later advertised in women’s magazines.
“It’s amazing how fast sales grew, because there was a pent-up desire for it,” says sports bra science and marketing consultant to Champion LaJean Lawson, Ph.D., who has spent more than 30 years studying and developing sports bras.
‘There is no piece of apparel more difficult to design well than a sports bra.’
At the time, the nation had been in the throes of a jogging obsession, and the passage of Title IX in 1972 had given more female students access to participating in sports.
“[The sports bra] was so important in what it did in sync with Title IX — it would make sports so much more within the reach of all women,” says Lindahl. “It removed a barrier that I had felt.”
The rise of gym culture in the ’80s left women with a plethora of trendy sports-bra options, many made of bright, stretchy Spandex that hugged breasts in close to the chest, in a style now classified as compression bras.
The ’90s saw the invention of the Enell bra — the first encapsulation bra, which cupped breasts individually to support and stabilize them, using what Lawson calls the “divide and conquer” method.
But sports bras largely remained hidden under shirts until the 1999 Women’s World Cup, when American soccer star Brandi Chastain kicked a winning extra point, whipped off her shirt and spun around in her sports bra to celebrate.
Snaps of the moment spread like wildfire and were seen on magazine covers and TV sets around the globe.
“Brandi’s moment at the World Cup … really brought international attention [to the sports bra],” says Lawson. “It increased social acceptance. That it’s OK for us to exercise, exercise hard and show our bras.”
Prior to the invention of the sports bra in 1977, women like these ice skaters in 1951 exercised in “sports corsets” or regular bras.
In the 18 years since Chastain’s moment, sports bras have shifted from undergarments to stars of the show themselves, with the emergence of workout crop tops and strappy backs meant to draw eyes.
And yet, even after 40 years of development, sports bras are still plagued with problems and often fail at their sole purpose: keeping breasts from bouncing around during exercise.
“There is no piece of apparel more difficult to design well than a sports bra,” says Lawson.
Thanks to the recent boom in athleisure, customers are demanding options that accommodate a wide range of shapes and sizes.
“The industry tends to have a one-size-fits-all [approach],” says Sarah Carlson, the head of research and development at athletic-wear company Athleta. “[Depending on] if you’re a DD or an A [cup], the problem you have to solve is different.”
Those with larger chests often grapple with spillage — without proper support, they can also risk ligament or tissue damage.
Meanwhile, those with smaller cups frequently struggle with bras that flatten chests, which can decrease confidence.
“The No. 1 thing is for a woman to get measured,” says Lawson.
But sizing remains confusing — and far from standardized.
Small/medium/large sizes are easier for retailers to stock, says Sonja Winther, US president of lingerie company Chantelle, and can “ease the shopping experience for women.” But if your bands feel loose while cups feel tight, or vice versa, she suggests honing in on bras sold by cup and band sizes.
Still, even those can be problematic, according to bra expert Minyoung Suh, Ph.D., who notes that two women who ostensibly wear the same size will still vary “in terms of the volume, the shape and the weight of the breast.”
And then there is the matter of physics.
Most sports bras focus on what’s called vertical displacement — bouncing up and down, as opposed to side to side and forward and back — according to Lululemon innovation product manager Alexandra Plante. The brand just released its first bra meant to quash movement in all directions.
Lindahl, for one, is delighted by the progress — no matter how challenging it’s been.
When she first dreamed up the jockbra, she wrote a list of her requirements: slip-free straps, chafe-free hardware. “The other thing in the back of my head is that I really, really wanted to be able to run without a shirt on,” she says. “I wrote that down and then crossed it out — it seemed too much to ask.”
Forty years later, she says that every time she sees a shirtless woman jog by, it “causes a little spiritual and cosmic giggle.”
Support for more sizes: Lululemon's thin-yet-sturdy high-impact bra hugs the chest to stop bounce from all angles, and it's made of soft fabric and stitching to nix chafing. The bra comes in 20 customized sizes -- smaller versions come with thinner straps, while larger chests get additional bonding in the back for extra support. Lululemon "Enlite" Bra, $98 at Lululemon.com, 32B-40DD
LuvLuv the top three with Rafael being the clear winner; I loved both of his looks.
I know that they were looking for somewhat established designers for this show but if you have a huge financial backing, lots of clients, and show at NYFW every year you really don't need it and I'm side eying certain designers this season who I feel took an opportunity away from designers who are establishing their brands that need a little help.
I loved this challenge, very fun to see Champion elevated. And thank you, Bearcata; I couldn’t understand what the man said about jockstraps. I even went back to hear it again, and I still could not understand it.
Loved the winning look as well as the plaid one.
What I keep thinking about is how Rafael only studied English for two months and knows a word like 'net'. Is he some kind of savant? Very impressed with his English.