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Luciana Scarabello of Track & Bliss

The creative director of the luxury activewear line on how to shop for the best pieces and dealing with anxiety in the fashion world.

Recognising a void in the apparel market for workout clothes that were high fashion in look and feel, Luciana Scarabello launched Track & Bliss in 2015 “to diminish the gap between performance clothing and luxurious high-end fashion”.

The result? Form-fitting pieces featuring materials and details thought up and conceived for the style- and health-conscious woman. In her Spring/Summer 2017 collection, for instance, Luciana designed dri-fit tanks with scalloped edges and cut-outs; moisture-wicking fabric leggings with mesh inserts, and sports bras with strategically placed design motifs like criss-cross and laser-cut zig-zag straps.

While there is a smorgasbord of luxury activewear brands in the market to shop from these days, perhaps what distinguishes Track & Bliss’ offerings are the subtle design elements that only the wearer would be aware of (like leopard print linings) and feel sexy in (thanks to side body cut-outs). It’s the little things, after all.


TRACK & BLISS’ SIGNATURE STYLE

Track & Bliss incorporates elements and fabrics that can be found in ready-to-wear, swimwear and lingerie. We try to make our activewear not look like activewear, but beautifully crafted pieces of clothing that also perform during workouts.

ACTIVEWEAR FEATURES TO LOOK OUT FOR

For a sports top: Material and construction. For a sports bra, the desired support as comfort is the most important. For leggings — fit, fit, fit!

CARING FOR YOUR CLOTHES

Nowadays a lot of activewear has incorporated some sort of bonding or laser cuts. Be gentle. Wash in cold water and hang dry to make sure those processes don’t get ruined.

Luciana Scarabello for Apres Avant

“I do Pilates, yoga, barre and dance classes,” says Luciana

FINDING MOTIVATION TO WORKOUT

I love my gym routine but when I’m away on business, I can’t seem to get motivated to even do sit-ups in my hotel room. I need a class with an instructor that can guide me through my workout.

DEALING WITH STRESS AND ANXIETY

I’ve learned to understand my body a little better and read the signs it provides me. A few minutes of meditation helps me stabilise when stress kicks in. There is a lot of pressure in the fashion industry and we work with tight schedules. That’s not going to change but it’s important to try to find balance. Working out really helps to clear my head and put my body in check.

PRACTICING SELF-CARE AND SELF-LOVE

I take care of my body and mind. I love to workout. I do Pilates, yoga, barre and dance classes. I also like to eat clean and I try to eliminate any dairy products and excess sugar.

NEXT FOR TRACK & BLISS

Hopefully the brand continues to expand into more locations worldwide and the collection can grow into different categories that complement activewear.

CONSCIOUS LIVING

To me it means to be aware of the people, animals and the environment. Be kind and protect them. Take responsibility and make a difference when the opportunity arises.

Luciana Scarabello for apres avant

Images courtesy of Track & Bliss