Top Trend: Athleisure
Maxime Der Nahabedian,
January is usually the time when you look back at all the holiday dinners, count the amount of
chocolate and wine ingested, and say “I should probably renew my gym membership”. Some may
actually do this (and we applaud them), but others might just find in the Resort 2018 collections the way to make it
look like they’ve adopted a perfectly healthy lifestyle all the while offering their closet a well-
deserved, new year treat.
We are obviously talking about athleisure, one of the biggest shifts the apparel market has
experienced in the last several seasons. The trend is at its climax for Resort 2018 with designers
embracing its effortless practicality and contemporary sense of style while exploring all the luxe
possibilities this newfound aesthetic has to offer. One could ask what tracksuits and sweatpants are doing on high-fashion runways, given that our Juicy Couture days are behind us. Well, designers
Miuccia Prada at Miu Miu and Pierpaolo Piccioli at Valentino put everything into perspective when
they successfully styled those sportswear staples with a luxurious spin, whether with a statement mink
coat or a fashion-forward handbag.
How can one achieve the perfect athleisure outfit without looking like they’re going for a run?
According to designers like 3.1 Phillip Lim or Ports 1961, jersey trousers are the smart investment and,
surprisingly, open-toe sandals are the go-to footwear to balance them out. The trick is not to go
overboard with sportswear references. The Fendi woman, for example, feels perfectly free to pair a
baggy hoodie with a checked jacket and trousers combo. Plus, she’s wearing a heel, so you know she
is not about to work up a sweat on the treadmill. Wearing sneakers is also a good way to get into the
athleisure vibe. Like Stella McCartney, pair them with a pajama-like, silky ensemble and you’ll have
the perfect athleisure attire.
The moral of this top trend story is this: if you indulged a tiny bit too much during the end of the year holidays, athleisure will make you feel comfy and unapologetic about the culinary adventures from your past. And who
knows? You might just end up mastering the look and be inspired to start 2018 off with some pretty
good new year’s resolutions.
Maxime Der Nahabedian
Initially trained to become a specialized translator from English and German to French, Maxime has been writing for fashion and lifestyle publications for about three years. First as a Managing Editor for the quarterly fashion & art magazine Crash where he worked on ten issues, then most recently for the French online media Saywho.fr. His topics of choice go from fashion shows and exhibitions reviews to interviews with various cultural figures (Beth Ditto, Lilly Collins, Aitor Throup).
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