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Trends that call back to the late ’80s and early ’90s are influencing our style choices from head-to-toe. Mini-skirt suit sets, oversized leather motorcycle jackets, chunky gold earrings, and even shoulder-padded blazers have made their way back into fashion. But if there’s one unexpected throwback trend you probably didn’t have on your fashion bingo card for 2023, it’s athletic tube socks. Yes, gym socks — like the on...morees Princess Diana wore with her biker shorts ensembles in the ’90s — are reappearing in fashion, becoming the centerpiece of many street-style looks.
‘It’-girls like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid are completing their model-off-duty looks with athletic socks worn oh-so-casually with everything from chunky sneakers and loafers to slingback pumps and platform sandals. Their gym socks brand of choice? Nike, of course.
If you’ve followed fashion trends over the past few years, the athletic sock trend boom isn’t much of a head-scratcher. As social media has made fashion more mainstream over the past decade, unique personal style has taken autonomy over the runway-dictating trend formula of yesteryear. Yes, traditionally, athletic socks were paired with sporty outfits, but since accessories are a key to cultivating a signature look, why not experiment with the comfy, cozy sock that’s already a wardrobe staple?
From left to right: Bella Hadid (MEGA/GC Images), Irina Shayk (Christian Vierig/Getty Images for ABA), Shay Mitchell (Bellocqimages/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images), Kendall Jenner (Rachpoot/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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“I think people are becoming more interested in dressing with contrasts and utilizing gym socks to help keep things casual and easy,” says New York-based stylist and writer Michelle Li. “I started wearing gym socks with my outfits simply because they were really comfortable, and I didn’t think anyone would notice. But my freshman year in college (2012), people started commenting on how I would style my Dr. Martens with socks, and I think since then I’ve leaned into it more.”
Socks are no strangers to the catwalk: Designers like Miuccia Prada love to incorporate the footwear accessory into their collections to give runway looks added oomph. Traditional dress socks are thin and don’t have the elasticity of an athletic sock for long-lasting wear, making them less comfortable and quicker to show signs of wear and tear. Today’s generation of tastemakers grew up with performance socks and technical fabrics, so it’s natural for them to pair Nike athletic socks, not flimsy dress socks, with their cute summer sandals.
“Beyond just being comfortable, I like that gym socks add a casual feel to an outfit, and I’ve always seen it as something that transitions the sneaker to the rest of the outfit,” says Li.
Effortlessness and ease in dressing is always desirable, and athletic gym socks can provide that perfect balance, similar to effect of wearing a cocktail dress with minimalist white sneakers.
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The IPCC, has said the world needs to remove 10 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere by 2050 in order to avoid a climate cataclysm. And, yes, there are now multiple methods for carbon removal today such as planting more trees (afforestation), sucking CO2 out of the sky (direct air capture), and spreading CO2-absorbing rock on agricultural soil (‘enhanced weathering’). But it’s widely accepted that none of these methods alone will solve the carbon problem, and that the carbon removals industry is a nascent one, and often full of scams and chaotic messaging, to put it mildly.
I...morendeed, it was recently revealed that more than 90% of rainforest carbon offsets offered by the biggest certifier were worthless and could in fact worsen the problem. Research into Verra, the world’s ‘leading’ carbon standard for the $2bn voluntary offsets market, found more than 90% of their rainforest offset credits were likely to be “phantom credits”.
It’s examples like this that deter companies from investing in carbon removals solutions as part of their net zero commitments.
So, ideally, companies would be able to buy across the board of all these solutions, to hedge their carbon bets. The trouble is, that is quite hard. Companies would have to invest in multiple programmes to create a carbon portfolio.
CUR8, is a UK-based climate tech startup which thinks it has the answer. It’s building a market-making platform for carbon removals. Their idea is to provide high-quality portfolios of carbon removals, effectively allowing customers to make bets on a wide variety of these products.
It’s now raised $6.5 million (£5.3 million) in pre-seed funding led by GV (Google Ventures). Also participating was CapitalT.
The company has a pretty crack team. It was founded in 2022 by serial fintech entrepreneur Marta Krupinska (co-founder of Azimo, and former Google for Startups UK lead), climate scientist Dr Gabrielle Walker (founder of non-profit Rethinking Removals) and Mark Stevenson (a former advisor to UK Ministry of Defense).
Over an interview, Krupinska told me: “We call ourselves a market maker. The reason why we’re not a marketplace is it is both a supply and demand constrained market. There is very little stock available. And there are very few buyers. So we don’t believe that just being a marketplace is enough. We believe that it needs to be a much more tailored approach. So our first product is a portfolio of highly curated carbon removals from across the technological spectrum.”
How does it work? CUR8 buys carbon removal credits from suppliers it has vetted, and builds these carbon removals portfolios, combining different strategies and methods. For example, these include direct air capture (1pointfive), enhanced rock weathering (UNDO) and durable soil carbon (Loam Bio).
CUR8 also plans to abide by the industry-standard set price of £150 per carbon removal, the idea being that gradually the price will come down over time as the market scales.
Krupinska says she teamed up with Dr. Walker, because she is a “super impressive woman who has spent the last 30 years working on climate,” in order to expand on this combined portfolio approached.
Walker taught Natural Sciences at Cambridge and Princeton, ran the New Scientist magazine, advised Al Gore about carbon removals, and was one of those who got removals on the agenda at COP 26, Krupinska added. “She realised the power of business to just move faster [than governments] and that there is room for for an organisation that will play a role of a market maker in carbon remova...
Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco on Friday with her husband, Prince Albert on May 28, in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. Other celebrities like Orlando Bloom and Kylie Minogue were spotted at the sports event as well.
She walked to the podium in a rainbow-colored dress from Swiss fashion brand Akris. The sleeveless style featured a floor-gracing column silhouette with a pleated front and round neckline.
Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco are seen on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 2...more8, in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.
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When it came to accesories the princess stood true to her minimalistic style wearing only a pair of small stud earings and completed the look with a black manicure.
Although the length of her dress didn’t allow for a full view of her footwear one of the images where she’s walking to the front of the podium allowed for a peak to the shoes she paired the colorful outfit with. The style seems to be blue suede with a pointed toe and most likely stiletto heels.
Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco are seen on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 28, in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.
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Princess Charlene of Monaco is known for her classic and elegant and minimal sense of style. As a former Olympic swimmer, she often incorporates sporty elements into her wardrobe, such as streamlined silhouettes and nautical-inspired pieces. Among her favorite brands are European fashion houses like Chanel, Versace, and Christian Dior. Her fashion choices often reflect her charitable work and commitment to environmental causes, with sustainable and ethical fashion choices being a priority in her roster.