DKNY Puts Sexier Spin on Athleisure

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Co-creative directors Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne enlisted "It" girls for the runway, too.

What does the future of New York street style look like? According to DKNY co-creative directors Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, it's going to look sporty and sexy.

For spring 2017, their third collection for DKNY since joining the label in 2015, the designers wanted "to invent a new system of dressing redefined for the 21st century." In some cases, that interpretation meant introducing pieces that were business in the front (plunging blazers with extra-long sleeves and oversized hoodies) and party in the back (trench raincoats with peekaboo backs). The range also included see-through tracksuits, hoodies underneath pinstripe suits and one-piece jersey dresses, styled with knee-high boots made with Tech Milano jersey.

DKNY DARLINGS: Models on the DKNY spring 2017 runway (Photos: Getty Images)

Chow and Osborne, known for mixing masculine and feminine silhouettes, placed a stronger emphasis on femininity with a sportier touch this season, playing up the waist and transparent bodices. The accessories — backpacks with bungee straps and belt bags — further pushed their athletic agenda.

To give their apparel extra street cred, the dynamic duo enlisted a bevy of badass babes to showcase their collection, including models Bella Hadid (who opened the show), Soo Joo Park, Taylor Hill, Imaan Hammam and Romee Strijd.
DKNY DARLINGS: Imaan Hammam, Bella Hadid and Soo Joo Park on the DKNY spring 2017 runway (Photos: Getty Images)

Emily Ratajkowski, Martha Hunt, Nina Agdal, Constance Jablonski, Devon Windsor, Russell Westbrook, Tinashe, Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert were among the famous faces in the front row. Tinashe told Pret-a-Reporter she digs DKNY because "it really embodies what I try to represent — boldness, a bossy attitude and a bad-bitch persona."

The show concluded with all the models stepping out at the same time, strutting down the High Line in plunge-front DKNY jumpsuits emblazoned with the words "New York is the New New York" and looking like a group you wouldn't want to mess with. Girls: They still rule the world.