High-Fashion Sportswear for the New Year
January 5, 2016
Over the past few years, sportswear has come out of the gym and become daytime fashion in its own right. Designer X sportswear collaborations have played a big part in this: Stella McCartney X Adidas and Jeremy Scott X Adidas were some of the earliest collabs, and recent years have also brought us Riccardo Tisci at Nike and Sandro at Reebok, among many more. All of which makes those January exercise regimes significantly more appealing. Here’s your guide to athleisure for the New Year, from The Mall at Millenia in Orlando, Florida.
Derek Lam—the designer known for his clean silhouettes and elegantly feminine sportswear—has teamed up with Athleta to produce a sleek, inventive line that includes leather shorts, joggers, and tanks, plus cashmere sweaters, along with the more traditional track tops and joggers. Minimal and luxurious, this line is the collab for you if you’re into monochromes and refined simplicity.
At the other end of the spectrum, lululemon athletica joyfully embraces zesty colors, and has become a beloved fashion/sportswear crossover brand as a result. Founded in 1998 as a yoga outfitter, it now offers outerwear, accessories and running and swimming gear, too. Favorites include the Interval bra in ultraviolet, with mesh panels to keep you cool, and Align pants in peacock blue Nulu fabric, a lululemon innovation that stretches four ways and wicks sweat away from your body.
If you’re looking for swimwear, look no further than Everything But Water, where you’ll find styles from the likes of Proenza Schouler and Missoni. SeaFolly’s high-neck one-piece features mesh detailing—a big trend in sportswear for the past few years—and a zip back. For a subtler take on mesh, check out Becca by Rebecca Virtue, a sleek style that’s perfect for your morning laps, with subtly seductive mesh panels at the cleavage and hips.
Nike’s Huarache sneakers have been around for decades, but their popularity surged when they were reissued in monochrome colorways a few years ago. Based on Native American sandals, they team leather, spandex and thermoplastics with an Air Sole that will absorb shock at every step. Don’t let the retro stylings fool you: your feet will be happy as can be in these babies, and with looks like these you can wear them straight from track to street. Pick up a pair at Finish Line here at The Mall at Millenia on your next shopping trip.
You’ll want to keep those muscles warm post-workout, and luckily Lacoste has brought us the ultimate high-fashion/sportswear item: the René Did it First sweater, in ultra-soft cotton. This piece—which, of course, references the one and only René Lacoste—made big waves at the label’s runway show.
Head down to everyone’s favorite mall in Orlando for your New Year’s athleisure wardrobe.