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SPORTING STYLE ICONS

11.08.12

Sport and fashion are not exactly renowned bedfellows. Not only is there an issue of practicality - we all know that some of the best fashion is not exactly suited to any kind of physical exertion - but as we've seen with the Olympics over the past few weeks, becoming a sports star requires an individual to give their all - leaving precious little time for other pursuits. Like, say, a love of clothing. There are, however, some notable exceptions. Sports men and women who have loved fashion, and who the fashion world has loved in return. This is our selection of sporting style icons.

Amelia Earhart. Earhart was a pioneer in her field - aviation - and adopted the no-nonsense, masculine style of the time both for work and leisure. Disappearing on what would have been her first round the world trip has only served to cement her iconic status. We applaud her fabulous boyish style.

Sir Stirling Moss. Moss is known as the greatest driver never to win the World Championship during his prolific career. Driving between 1948 and 1962, Moss epitomised all that was cool about racing drivers in the middle of the last Century. Good looking, well-dressed and behind the wheel of, variously, a Porsche, Lotus, Jaguar and Maserati, we salute his effortless cool.

Aimee Mullins. Mullins is arguably the most high-fashion inclusion on our list. As a baby, both her legs were amputated below the knee and she went on to be one of the USA's most celebrated paralympians, taking part in the 1996 Atlanta games. Later, she modelled for Alexander McQueen, wearing a pair of hand-carved ash prosthetic legs, and has gone on to model, work as a motivational speaker, and as a muse to various designers including Olivier Theyskens.

Chris Eubank. Now, Eubank's style might not be to everybody's taste, and the eccentric boxer has variously been described as a dandy and a poseur, but we salute the great man's determination to maintain his elegant, dapper aesthetic. Now working as a mentor to his son (also a boxer), following a tenure on a capsule collection for Savile Row tailor 'Cad & The Dandy', Eubank follows in the tradition of the male peacock; always immaculate, no matter what life throws at him.