November 30th is a special date. Yes, it is the last day of a somewhat odd, depressing month but more importantly - it's Bo Jackson's birthday. So naturally, I'm going to do the narcissistic stylist thing and showcase myself while attempting to pay tribute to the infamous athlete.
I picked up this pair while in New York during the summer of 2013. I had wanted a pair FOREVER given that Bo Jackson was one of my favorite athletes growing up and that it's such a classic silhouette. The "Auburn" colorway pays tribute to Jackson's time at aforementioned Auburn University where he won a little award called the Heisman Trophy and was a two-time All-American. Jackson is the only athlete to be an All-Star in two sports leagues - the NFL and the MLB (sorry, MJ). The trainer is unique as it's multidiscipline shoe perfect for a freak athlete like Jackson. Also: top five Nike ad campaign ever, especially from a wardrobe/art direction standpoint.
I grew up playing all kinds of sports (terribly) so the shoe's always appealed to me - I'm the kid that won effort awards for trying hard and never quitting or shutting the hell up. However, the silhouette is a bit bulky and high and given that I am also short AND bulky, it's a little difficult to style.
I decided to go with a feminine silhouette using sportier and more urban textiles and designs. The neoprene skirt, made for both the runway and the water (in theory) mixed with bright Auburn-esque lace bodysuit and a different kind of jean jacket is a different way to wear a trainer than say leggings and a tee. Pro tip: the a-line shape of the skirt and the shorter herm while wearing it at my natural waist and a body hugging bodysuit balances me out while making my legs look longer than they are so they aren't dwarfed by serious sneakers. Touchdown, homerun or both? You decide!
- Photographer: Jennifer Toole
- Make-up/Hair: Bronwen Weiderick
- Stylist/"Model": Me
- Shot on location: ...at my apartment.
- Oak NYC black leather cap
- Olivier Theyskens' Theory bleached blue denim motorcycle jacket
- Kenzo orange lace bodysuit
- La Perla balconette bra
- T by Alexander Wang black pleated neoprene skirt
- Nike Air Trainer SC "Auburn" (grade school sizing) - 2013 drop
- Maison Martin Margiela, H&M, Material Girl, Ralph Lauren, Vintage Chanel necklaces and rings
- Nike gold Fuelband SE