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

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)

timo weilandChampion Select lookbook image courtesy of Urban Outfitters.

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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Photos courtesy of Cynthia Rowley

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.

Art Star Jeff Koons New H&M Bag Lands On Fifth Avenue

Jeff Koons and Julio Santo Domingo

When I first heard Jeff Koons was collaborating with retailer H&M I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Maybe some mylar-effect puffer jackets? A lobster print puffer jacket? A mylar/lobster print puffer jacket? Actually, Koons collaborated with H&M on a leather handbag printed with a photo of his famous balloon dog sculpture. The real sculpture will cost you over $50 million, but the bag costs just under $50. A real steal, and also a great solution for someone like me that can’t fit all my giant balloon dog sculptures in my tiny apartment. 

The launch party last night was held at H&M’s new 5th Avenue flagship. The crowd of guests included movie stars like Olivia Wilde and Ashley Benson along with art stars like Tim Barber and Jeanette Hayes. I tried to get a quote from Koons and Ashley, but when the time came I was quickly elbowed past by fashion writers more eager than myself, and suddenly not fast enough to reach them before fans bombarded them with requests for selfies. I gave up on the press pit and headed into the party a little disappointed that I didn’t get to ask Koons why he wasn’t carrying his own Koons bag like all the popular girls. I saw people buying as many as five of the purses, presumably to put the extras on eBay when they inevitably sell out, like H&M’s collabs in the past.

Beyond the chaos of the red carpet was a fun party with tiny fish tacos, a performance from teen cutie Birdy, some tipsy shopping, and crowding around Koons. While Koons sculptures have reflective surfaces that often make for a good #ARTSELFIE, the store’s mirrors provided for a new kind of #KOONSSELFIE in which the photographer/subject can now wear the Koons.

H&M x JEFF KOONS 5th Ave Flagship Event
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H&M x JEFF KOONS 5th Ave Flagship Event
Jeff Dorsman, Eric Zindorf

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Johannes Huebl

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Timo Weiland

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Olivia Wilde

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Lorenzo Martone

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Perez Hilton

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Nicky Hilton

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Cleo Wade, Margot

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June Ambrose

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Jeff Koons, Julio Santo Domingo

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Katie Schmidt, Marybeth Schmidt

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Donna D’Cruz

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Alek Wek

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Ryan McGinness

All photos courtesy of BFA/H&M

Public School and M. Patmos to Rep U.S. at International Woolmark Prize

Marcia Patmos of M. Patmos with Public School’s Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne

We have winners! Last night’s regional Woolmark Prize awards put Public School, a.a. antonion azzuolo, Ovadia & Sons, Timo Weiland, and Todd Snyder up against each other in the menswear category, with M. Patmos, Jonathan Simkhai, Nonoo, Rosie Assoulin, and WHIT in the running for womenswear. Public School and M. Patmos won in their respective categories, and will go on to create a merino wool capsule collection to present during the International Woolmark Prize competition in 2015.

For their win, Public School and M. Patmos will each receive about $47,000… at the end of International Prize competition dangles a $95,000 prize along with the opportunity to retail at some of the world’s best shopping destinations — Colette, Harvey Nichols, 10 Corso Como, MyTheresa, Saks, Joyce, David Jones, and Isetan Mitsukoshi.

The International WOOLMARK Prize USA Regional Awards 2014
M. Patmos and her winning design

The International WOOLMARK Prize USA Regional Awards 2014
Public School with their winning design

Photos courtesy of BFA

Timo Weiland & Lady Grey Go Post-Punk for Fall 2012

Timo Weiland recently revealed his latest cool-kid collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which was heavily inspired by New York’s ’90s grunge and post punk movement. heavy metal adornments by Sabine Le Guyader and Jill Martinelli of cult-favorite jewelry label, Lady Grey.

Guyader and Martinelli’s designs for the show paired perfectly with Weiland’s edgy looks and featured badass pieces like mesh chokers layered with thick chains, knuckle rings, watchband-style bracelets in oxidized silver, and cage-style earrings that hug the earlobe. Totally ’90s.

Timo Weiland & Lady Grey Go Post-Punk for Fall 2012

Timo Weiland recently revealed his latest cool-kid collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which was heavily inspired by New York’s ’90s grunge and post punk movement. heavy metal adornments by Sabine Le Guyader and Jill Martinelli of cult-favorite jewelry label, Lady Grey.

Guyader and Martinelli’s designs for the show paired perfectly with Weiland’s edgy looks and featured badass pieces like mesh chokers layered with thick chains, knuckle rings, watchband-style bracelets in oxidized silver, and cage-style earrings that hug the earlobe. Totally ’90s.

Timo Weiland & Lady Grey Go Post-Punk for Fall 2012

Timo Weiland recently revealed his latest cool-kid collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which was heavily inspired by New York’s ’90s grunge and post punk movement. heavy metal adornments by Sabine Le Guyader and Jill Martinelli of cult-favorite jewelry label, Lady Grey

Guyader and Martinelli’s designs for the show paired perfectly with Weiland’s edgy looks and featured badass pieces like mesh chokers layered with thick chains, knuckle rings, watchband-style bracelets in oxidized silver, and cage-style earrings that hug the earlobe. Totally ’90s. 

Video Exclusive: Designers Timo Weiland & Alan Eckstein Reveal Their Childhood Fears

Calling all junior Freuds! In this video exclusive, designers Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein – partners in the Timo Weiland fashion line – reveal the fears that plagued their childhoods to our prying camera. Can you spot the manifestation of Alan’s crippling phobia of a certain condiment in the duo’s dapper collections? Has Timo’s irrational fear of raccoons been sublimated into the way he crafts neckties? Click the jump to find out.

Video by Kirk Larsen.

Timo x Anna Sheffield & WWD’s New Rag

What began as neckwear has since expanded into a full-fledged clothing line for the NYC-based brand Timo Weiland. But, thanks to a collaboration with Anna Sheffield (the designer behind Bing Bang) it looks as though the brainchild of Alan Eckstein and Timo Weiland will soon be adding jewelry design to the labels’ repertoire. The two brands worked together on a line of accessories for Timo Weiland’s SS10 collection and it won’t be the last collaborative effort from the threesome. Style.com says that they’ll soon be expanding the collaboration into its own capsule collection.

But, if you’re looking for something a bit more macabre you might want to check out Surface to Air’s eye-catching SS10 creations, or the whimsical creations of Brooklyn’s own Vera Meat, which is celebrating its first-ever “studio happening” tonight. Having trouble keeping track of all the jewelry lines springing up in the industry as of late? Stay tuned: Women’s Wear Daily is teaming up with JCK magazine for exactly that reason. The fashion media outlets are partnering to launch a magazine and website, simply called WWD/JCK, which “will bridge fashion and jewelry with in-depth editorial features, fashion content and industry news.” (Read: it may pick up where the now defunct W Jewelry supplement — also once under the Fairchild Publications umbrella — left off.) The first issue debuts in April of next year.