F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo looks pretty in pink in the Vanity Fair shoot

Just when you thought nothing could be louder than the roar of a Formula 1 race car, take a look at McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo in a shocking pink Gucci jumpsuit with a gold zipper and a Tiffany & Co. diamond brooch on collar. the striking portrait in vanity lounge Nick Riley Bentham’s magazine is something you rarely hear used to describe a photograph of an Aussie sportsman – FAAAABULOUS.

Gucci jumpsuit and brooch; shoes by George Cleverley; socks from the London Sock Company; brooch (on collar) by Tiffany & Co. Style by Michael Darlington. Credit:Nick Riley Bentham for “Vanity Fair”

Boldly styled by Michael Darlington, fellow drivers Pierre Gasly, Esteban Ocon, George Russell and Lando Norris all appear in high fashion adornments that challenge traditional notions of masculinity that have been ingrained in sporting culture long before people don’t poke fun at tennis champion Andre Agassi’s highlights. .

In the pages of GQ, Men’s Health and advertisements of male sports stars were relegated to stiff portraits in sportswear, tuxedos or tight white underwear, staring at five-digit watches or gripping perfumes destined for the crowded shelves of Chemist Warehouse. French driver Gasly in a Saint Laurent striped top, Hermès silk scarf and pink cherry blossom brooch is breaking outdated taboos faster than a lap around the Albert Park track for the Melbourne Grand Prix.

A high-kicking Russell in a dandy Turnbull & Asser polka dot scarf, Louis Vuitton monogram jacket and pink socks as dazzling as the Ricciardo jumpsuit, is neither camp nor effeminate nor androgynous. It’s quite simply fashion, which is a new frontier for the sport – the more adventurous looks of football star David Beckham and the sequined crop tops of five-time NBA champion Dennis Rodman in the 90s.

the vanity lounge article is motivated by the success of the Netflix documentary series Drive to survive, which is now airing its fourth season, which could explain this cataclysmic collision of sports and fashion. The gripping reality soap opera has lured a larger female audience to F1, dispelling misplaced fears that male athletes must only appeal to manly men drowning in a sea of ​​Lynx body spray, Pringle crumbs and tops. twisted on a condemned sofa.

At a Melbourne Fashion Festival dinner on International Women’s Day hosted by Viktoria + Woods, the main topic of conversation among the mostly female crowd, fresh from the front row, were the personalities of Drive to survive and plans for the upcoming Melbourne Grand Prix. Pay parity and fluid jackets between the sexes occupied the second and third places.

With fashion now on the runway, expect future Grand Prix events to feature luxury looks rivaling the hats and gloves of Spring Carnival horse racing.

It’s definitely time for sportsmen to follow in the asphalt wake of F1 drivers and play catch-up with singers Harry Styles, Troye Sivan and Olly Alexander wearing pearl earrings, black dresses and leather necklaces, actors Timothée Chalamet and Jared Leto experimenting with Louis Vuitton harnesses and Gucci caftans and TV personality Guy Sebastian on The voice wearing Burberry, Valentino and Balenciaga.

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