Sportswear & Outerwear Go Fashion Forward
by Mirna Abouzeid
December 21, 2016
Gone are the days when a girl had to choose between comfort and fashion! This season designers encourage us to embrace our sporty side with everything from jumpsuits and ski jackets to hoodies and tracksuits making their way down the runway. The military style proved to be another key trend; the navy-inspired overcoats that made their way down the runway at Burberry and Tommy Hilfiger offer endless styling possibilities while those showcased at Gucci and Etro were all jazzed up! While the warm and cozy puffer jacket was never high on the fashion radar, this season it has made the transition from frumpy to fashionable and offers the perfect balance between style and comfort. From DKNY to Emilio Pucci designers served up puffer jackets and vests in all shapes and sizes. Menswear also continues to be a big trend with the likes of Alexander McQueen, Giorgio Armani and Jaquemus all offering their take on the menswear concept.
While last fall was all about the ‘oh so versatile’ camel coat, this season sees the navy-inspired overcoat in the spotlight. Countless designers from Givenchy, Valentino and Temperley London sought inspiration in the military world for their collections. Burberry took on the trend with classic pea coats while at Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Roberto Cavalli and Gucci the mighty military jacket was refreshed and embellished with bows, pompoms and oriental prints. The gold-buttoned coats seen at Tibi, Tommy Hilfiger and Coach add a touch of drama while at Prada Popeye hats paired with cotton corset belts atop khaki coats gave a fresh and unique take on the trend. Paired with everything from dresses and denim to animal prints, the versatile military coat is a must-have.
The menswear fashion trend continues to dominate runways, proving that it is definitely here for the long haul! Gorgeous pinstripes were all the rage at Trussardi, Calvin Klein Collection, Max Mara and Tibi while at Balenciaga, 3.1 Phillip Lim and countless others menswear-inspired ensembles were featured in neutral tones, many of which featured tartan prints. Balenciaga’s take on the trend served up a fresh silhouette while at Ralph Lauren and Dries Van Noten the shirt and tie ensembles took the menswear trend to a higher level. At Jacquemus models donned suits that were ‘all tied up’ while at Sonia Rykiel cropped jackets proved to be the way to go. The menswear trend was also featured at Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen, Suno and beyond!
When it comes to outerwear, the puffer jacket reigns supreme! Seen making its way down the runways of the likes of Balenciaga, Carven, and Marques Almeida the warm and cozy puffer jacket has undergone a high fashion makeover. With several variations and takes on the trend available, the styling possibilities are endless – at Tory Burch and Acne Studios long diamond-stitch puffers made their way down the runway while at DKNY shiny puffer vests paired with jumpsuits and combat boots gave a tomboy vibe to the collection. At Marc Jacobs, Sacai and Vivienne Westwood puffer jackets were unexpectedly paired with eveningwear while at Alexander McQueen a candy-colored fur-embellished puffer stole the show! Bridging the gap between fashion and function the puffer jacket also proved to be quite versatile and was paired with everything from sportswear to the beloved LBD!