Sportswear brand Fila (fila.com) have teamed up with the the leading fashion and design school Istituto Marangoni in Milan (which also has campuses in London and Paris), to create part of the Global Limited Edition collection to celebrate Fila’s 35 years in fashion.

With alumni that includes Domenico Dolce and Franco Moschino, current students from the avant-garde Italian design school have used the classic Fila Matchday and BB1 polo, immortalised on the 1970s tennis circuit, as their canvas.

Three of the schools leading haute couture, prêt a porter and streetwear designers have created a collection that pushes the boundaries of sportswear. Inspired by the concept of colour in motion, the collections challenge the rigid lines and block colours of Fila’s archive by introducing an assortment of shapes and new colours. The young Italian talent have introduced pretty pinks, outrageous orange and jacquard patterns into the women’s collection, while the men’s collection has come over all flower power with petal prints on polos. This transformation is reminiscent of Fila’s injection of colour into traditionally white tennis attire in 1973 and puts Fila once again at the forefront of court fashion.

The full Global Limited Edition (500 men’s and 250 ladies’ pieces) collection will be available this summer at select retailers across Europe.

Photo: fashion students at work