In the heart of the Ruhrgebiet, car enthusiasts and fashion lovers got their money's worth. This was the tour with Puma.
Since 1968, the Ruhrgebiet city of Essen has been the venue for one of the most important automotive, tuning, and motorsport exhibitions in Europe. In 2022, more than 200,000 fans once again visited the halls at Gruga Park to experience the unique cars and exhibits. In doing so, the popular event has for many years combined the comfort of street cars, the design of limitless tuning, and the performance of spectacular motorsport.
Diversity, creativity, and pure passion are the flagships of the 2022 Essen Motor Show, which had something of interest for every motoring fan in more than eight halls full of cars. Manufacturers such as BMW showed their special editions of the M series to mark the 50th anniversary of the premium sports package. Mercedes-Benz models from all eras rounded out the package, while Ferrari caught the eye with its impressive car, especially in the motorsport segment.
Design and performance now go hand in hand in these sophisticated power machines, as every little wing and aerodynamic line not only defines the shape, but also optimizes the vehicle's handling. Power and brute force at the push of a button, coupled with the comfort of a sedan, is what the engineers have combined in the latest vehicles. While the race cars are fully focused on performance, numerous tuners strive to increase the elegance and coolness of the cars immeasurably.
Comfort, performance, and elegance are three keywords that not only play an important role in the development of cars, but are also high on the list of priorities in the clothing industry. Designers in the industry are always inspired by the most beautiful shapes, colors, and lines of car manufacturers to create collections that captivate the masses, not just car enthusiasts. Carbon patterns, small chrome details, and fancy liveries often serve as a template for new clothes.
One world-renowned brand that draws inspiration from manufacturers with its multi-faceted programs is Puma. With the Monochrome collection coming in March 2023, the brand created three designs with BMW, Mercedes, and Ferrari, all of which are connected to the virtues of the Essen Motor Show and proudly teased in the gallery. The Monochrome products will replicate the chrome elements of the vehicles and bring this style element to the streetwear of the well-known sports brand.
Ferrari with a red base, BMW with a gray base, and Mercedes in its Formula 1 mint color: these are the three foundations of the coming Monochrome collection. But on the jackets, T-shirts, pants, polo shirts, caps, and shoes, all three designs feature the silver accents that make the products a real eye-catcher – just like the cars highlighted with chrome. Apparel aimed at enthusiasts becomes streetwear for everyone, with which the wearer can identify day after day.
With its diversity and attention to detail, the Motor Show Essen showed how the automotive sector can serve as inspiration for the fashion industry. Chrome and carbon details are unmistakably associated with Ferrari, BMW, and Mercedes cars as well as Puma's 2023 Monochrome collection. Puma's designers did an amazing job once again, merging car culture with fashion culture. Everyone is looking forward to seeing the full Monochrome collection next year.