5 High Fashion Athleisure Collabs to Drool Over and Shop This Season

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Photo courtesy of Nike

High fashion sportswear is going nowhere. In preparation for her upcoming athleisure line (see below), Rebecca Minkoff discussed the trend with her staff. As WWD reported:

During an informal office survey, most of Minkoff’s female staffers told her that on weekends they wanted to look as if they’d worked out, even if they hadn’t.

It’s a sign of the times. While some feel more staunchly than others that these lines shouldn’t be so blurred, the newest batch of designer sportswear suggests that voice is in the minority. When it comes to sales especially, the mantra must remain: give the people what they want!

These are the best of the fashion inspired athletic lines out there right now. Get shopping and get moving!

1. CHAMPION x URBAN OUTFITTERS

This triple whammy of a collaboration, which came out on Monday, features three up-and-coming lines’ take on the trend. While sporty–the basketball aesthetic inspiration is apparent–the line is more mesh dresses, satin bombers, and tailored sweats than wicking spandex.

CRAIG GREEN (LONDON)

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The Craig Green oversized mens’ sweatshirt is available here. 

[Ed Note: This men’s sweatshirt can also work as a women’s minidress…]

WOOD WOOD (COPENHAGEN)

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The Wood Wood sports bra and shorts are available here. 

TIMO WEILAND (NEW YORK)

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Timo Weiland’s mesh v-neck dress is available here. 

2. REBECCA MINKOFF

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The bag-turned-everything designer’s entrée into the world of casual gym-to-work-to-dinner clothes makes sense. Minkoff’s brand is ever expanding and already straddles a daytime/nighttime look. Keep this one in the back of your mind, since the official launch won’t be until April…but then you can stock up on neoprene (the fitness fashion fabric du jour) pieces, vests with leather trim, and more on the designer’s site and Shopbop.

3. CYNTHIA ROWLEY

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Cynthia Rowley’s impending athleisure debut is perhaps even more par for the course than Minkoff’s. Rowley, after all, has been designing wet suits for what feels like forever, and is a star athlete/surfer/trampoliner herself. Her new line, which she told Well & Good came about from the realization that “more and more, being active really is the way people dress and live their lives,” launches February.

4. SANDRO x REEBOK

Sneakers with a fashion spin are downright commonplace and the newest iteration is this futuristic collaboration (for men and women) between French brand Sandro, and Reebok.

5. NIKE LAB x JOHANNA SCHNEIDER

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I’m genuinely excited about each and every item on this list. In fact, in a perfect world I would buy all of them. That’s the extent of my commitment to athleisure fashion. But can we take a second to truly geek out over Nike’s latest collab with German designer, Johanna Schneider? Schneider’s collaboration with Nike drops on February 26. The collection is tailor-made to cater to every part of your fitness journey–the to, the from, and everything in between. The drape-y layers are reminiscent of current fashion, but drop a layer and you’ll still be ready for spin class.

Let’s hope the new goods will have a positive correlation with the bettering of our health.

Tag Your Look & Score Swag With Pose’s 12 Days of Giveaways

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Our favorite mobile style app, Pose, has just launched a sweet new feature called OOTD (Outfit of the Day), which allows users to tag multiple brands and categories in one look. Adding this multi-tagging tool to Pose’s super popular social shopping arsenal comes just in time for the big holiday retail rush, which is why they’re giving away a slew of covetable prizes to their top OOTD users.

To enter Pose’s "12 Days of Giveaways," download the latest version of Pose for your iPhone or Android, snap and tag your outfit, include the #OOTD and applicable brand hashtags, and share on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr. Do this every day to up your chances of winning holiday swag, like this Ostrich Cupid Satchel by Rebecca Minkoff, a Levi’s $150 gift card, a free one-year membership to JewelMint, a pair of Loeffler Randall booties, a nail art gift bag from HelloGiggles, sneakers from Creative Recreation & Good Art, or the grand prize: a $1,000 shopping spree.

Read the full rundown here, which includes what you need to pose for specific prizes, and enter now through December 18.

Rebecca Minkoff Debuts Blaqstarr’s New Summer Banger in Campaign Vid

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Rebecca Minkoff’s free spirit florals, Agyness Deyn’s adorable dance moves, and Blaqstarr’s infectious beats have joined forces to produce what just might be our favorite fashion clip this year. Minkoff’s spring/summer 2012 collection comes to life on Deyn as she auditions for the campaign gig while moving and shaking to Blaqstarr’s new hit track "She Is Love," off the rapper/producer extraordinaire’s upcoming album, Here We Are.

Watch the video below and play "She Is Love" over and over again here.

Video via Rebecca Minkoff

Wish List: One Studded Rockette

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Call it the perfect cross-body bag, Rebecca Minkoff’s Studded Rockette will have you forgoing your heavy purses. This perfect little bag is crafted in luxe alligator-embossed leather, spangled with precious studs, and nestled in a custom Rebecca Minkoff gift box for a perfect presentation. And while it may be a nice gift for someone else, it will likely be an even better gift for yourself, so give yourself a treat!

Cross the Studded Rockette off your wish list here.

BlackBook & Basil Hayden Toast Summer in Style

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imageThis past Saturday, Basil Hayden enlisted BlackBook to throw a bonafide bash in that most venerable of New Yorkish getaways, the Hamptons. Designer Rebecca Minkoff (whose fall 2008 line of small leather goods elicited oohs and aahs all around) was the delovely host at Rob James and Harriette De Jersey’s sprawling Water Mill home. Guests sipped on a variety of luxe bourbon creations, all with apropos appellations such as the Basil Fizz, Basil Salute, Basil Twist, and our definite favorite, the Basil Juicy. In typical Hamptons style, certain, um, VIPS arrived fashionably late via sizable boat where they were greeted by DJ Ace’s crowd-pleasing set of classic 80s mixed with rockin’ soul and indie gems. See our gallery of the affair, though note that Patrick McMullan stopped by to snap design-lovin’ revelers who clinked glasses until the bitter(sweet) end.