Forget Athleisure, the Newest Trend in Menswear Is Actual Athletic Attire
At least based on what we've seen on the New York Fashion Week: Men's runways.
If the presentations from New York Fashion Week: Men's are any indication, designers have gone beyond riffing on athletic attire, to bringing actual workout wear onto the runways, riding the popularity of performance wear brands and the love affair between sports stars and style (Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala and snowboarder Shaun White are among those who have been in the front row this week).
At Tim Coppens' spring 2017 show on Tuesday, the Belgian-born designer sent models down the runway in color block anoraks, slouchy trousers and hoodie windbreakers. Coppens heightened his sportswear aesthetic this season by having a few selected models wear Under Armour compression shirts under their jackets. Some of the catwalkers sported the athletic brand's sunglasses backwards on their necks, too. Coppens' decision to incorporate UA items makes sense given that he was recently appointed the executive creative director of Under Armour Sportswear (UAS), a premium collection launching this fall. Though Coppens didn't debut UAS designs as part of this season's collection, he unveiled a pair of UAS shoes himself, wearing the UAS Club Low (available Sept. 1 as part of the new label's fall 2016 offering).
ON THE RUNWAY: Tim Coppens in his UAS Club Low shoes (center) and the models in the Under Armour compression shirts. (Photos: Getty Images)
Reebok had a presence on the runway, too. During N.Hoolywood's ocean-themed presentation, Daisuke Obana showcased his activewear collab (which he debuted with his fall 2016 menswear collection) and featured the athletic brand's name emblazoned on the back of sweaters and windbreakers. Beyond that, Obana's latest range was designed for guys ready to dive into the sea (think neoprene jackets and pants).
BEHIND THE SCENES: A model in a N.Hoolywood x Reebok design. (Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images Entertainment)
Gypsy Sport gave a whole new meaning to the sportswear theme — one that was complete with pleats, lace and fringe. Rio Uribe (who was one of three winners of last year's CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund) designed a colorful collection that incorporated soccer jerseys and baggy basketball shorts — but with that extra flair that he's known for. Sports bras were accented with ruffles, while jersey tops were paired with tiered lace or fringe trim (or both).
Though the blurring of sportswear and athleisure has been an ongoing conversation in fashion for some time now, it's showing no signs of slowing down. Now only time will tell if the guys in Hollywood will embrace the trend, too.