Track suits, tracky dacks, track pants… call them what you will, but they and I do not to together. I own a single pair, they accompany me to the gym and home again only to be promptly hidden, their very existence a point of frequent denial. Comfortable they may be, but visually pleasing? Seldom. Australia’s fashion industry tried its hand at improving the visual appeal of track pants last night however, doing so in the name of the charity TLC for Kids and their Tracky Dack Day fundraiser in Melbourne.
A charity, fashion and track pants aren’t always conjoin obviously, but TLC for Kids brings them together nicely. Their mission is to support injured or ill children in Australia’s hospital system on an emotional level, and they see track pants as a key part to that with each child they support “encouraged to change out of their PJ’s and wear trackies or casual clothes to help boost their state of mind.” And it’s that reliance that saw fashion lend its support last night.
Bringing to the catwalk track pant interpretations from the likes of Aurelio Costarella, Dhini, Jenny Bannister, Lui Hon and Carla Zampatti (the list of Australian designers and labels totals 15, and you can see it in the accompanying gallery) what was presented ranged from a play on the standard pair of ‘tracky dacks’ to those so far removed you’d never take them anywhere near a form of exercise except walking your favourite shopping strip.
The catwalk wasn’t really the nub of it, however. Tracky Dack Day is. Supporting the not for profit TLC for Kids, the money raised will go to fund the services they provide to over 515,000 children each year. And it’s really simply to get involved. Simply reach for your phone, and text your name and postcode to 199 222 88. It’ll cost you AU$3 and you’ve done your part at the most basic level. Your boss / school / person who attempts to dictate what you wear permitting you can also don track pants on 1 July; find out more at www.tlcforkids.org.au/trackydackday.
You can see all of Allan’s photos from Fashion Supports Track Dack Day by clicking on the thumbnails below and browsing through the gallery.