Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Single-Speed Style; Trends Whether It's Yoga or Tennis Gear, the New Specialist Brands Are Chic Enough to Take You from Park to Pub, Says Karen Dacre Cafe Du Cycliste Was Born of a Desire for Bike Gear That Is Both Technical and Elegant

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Single-Speed Style; Trends Whether It's Yoga or Tennis Gear, the New Specialist Brands Are Chic Enough to Take You from Park to Pub, Says Karen Dacre Cafe Du Cycliste Was Born of a Desire for Bike Gear That Is Both Technical and Elegant

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Byline: says Karen Dacre

WHILE one-suits-all sportswear may be the obvious solution for those embarking on a dynamic training regime, it's not everyone who wants to downward dog in running shorts or embark on a 20k cycle in their running gear. In fact, a host of the hardest-working and most dedicated fitness crusaders in the capital look for precisely the opposite of their gym kit. For this very reason, the hottest performancewear labels around at the moment are not focused on generic Lycra to stretch and sweat in but on exploring one speciality and doing it seamlessly. Whether you're a die-hard runner or a tennis player on the hunt for a dress that delivers on a technical level as well as a stylish one, here are the singlespeed brands you need to know about this summer.

Monreal London Tennis-lover and designer Stefani Grosse founded Monreal London when she realised she was unable to find highperformance kit that took her beyond the court. Designed to comply with the Wimbledon dress code, the brand's SW19 collection delivers crisp whites with punchy colour twists. Monreal big-hitters include its drawstring signature dress Victoria Beckham has one and cute cable-knit vests which push the classic tennis aesthetic into new territory. At PS180 for a pair of leggings, Monreal London is a little on the pricey side. Wear your whites after game, set and match for better value for money. Prices for dresses start at PS150. Monreal London is available online as well as at Harrods and Selfridges. (monreallondon.

com) Live the Process Founded by New York fashion PR Robyn Berkley, Live the Process is the clothing spin-off of online health and wellness resource of the same name through which Berkely seeks to bring up-to-date info on clean eating and wellness to impossibly busy people. A favourite with yogis who look to the brand for Continued on Page 32 Continued from Page 31 supremely stylish cuts and prints, the brand was among the first yoga labels to be stocked by Net-a-Porter. Live the Process's most coveted pieces include the super-flattering and comfortable seamless crop legging. …

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