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Team Spirit: Fitness looks line the Fashion Week runways

Fitness is no longer on the fashion sidelines. New York Fashion Week saw looks inspired by volleyball, motocross, hockey, and more.

VPL_FALL2014_FitnessFashionFitness is now an undeniable part of Fashion Week—and we’re not talking models dashing to shows and marching down the runways.

With looks inspired by volleyball at VPL to motocross at MBMJ, many of this season’s designers saluted various forms of athleticism in their Fall 2014 Ready to Wear collections (complemented by non-toxic nail designs).

And while the fitness frenzy was perhaps toned down for fall—compared to Chanel’s ode-to-the-running-sneaker last month, and the spring RTW collections debuting now—it was hard to ignore so many pieces sporting a workout-friendly edge.

“Athletic themes in fashion reflect that now more than ever it’s sexy to be strong,” says model and Sweat The Style founder Adrianne Ho. “Just because you sweat a few extra hours a week doesn’t mean you stop being fashionable.”

Here are some of the most heart-rate-boosting, fitness-inspired looks… —Jamie McKillop

(Photo: Fall 2014)


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(Photo: favorite Alexander Wang stripped his runway of typical “it” bags and marched in satchels specifically designed to hold necessities like smartphones, lipstick, and the most essential of all—a water bottle.



Rag and BoneRag & Bone went back to school with varsity bomber jackets embroidered with models’ names, like this one on Georgia May Jagger (as in Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall’s daughter).



DKNYWith over half of DKNY‘s models comprised of “real” New Yorkers, including healthy-leaning it-girl DJs Hannah Bronfman and Chelsea Leyland, it’s only fitting that Karan continued her affinity for everyday street wear with letterman’s jackets, flat brim baseball hats, and lace-up “sneakerboots.”



Cool-kid outfitter LPD New York—famous for their basketball-jersey-style t-shirts printed with fashion designers’ names and birth dates—introduced an equally sporty line of high-fashion hockey jerseys detailed with leather and mesh. Hockey mask sold separately.

(Photo: LPD New York)


Screen shot 2014-02-12 at 3.24.10 PMNicholas K fused urban warrior and workout warrior with a selection of one-shoulder ultra-cropped tops that double as chic sports bras.



VPLVPL always strikes an athletic note—but the cropped leggings and racerback tanks in their fall presentation is a direct nod to the boutique fitness scene. Now if only someone developed a volleyball workout as chic as this look, we’d serve.



MBMJMarc by Marc Jacobs got a whole new name (it’s now known as MBMJ) and a whole new attitude this season, with motocross-driven looks fit for an X Games princess.



Jeremy ScottThe ever-outrageous designs of Jeremy Scott, who lays claim to a long running basketball shoe collab with Adidas, brought the field to the runway with a number of football-like looks—like this see-through mesh tunic with lace-up pads number.



Betsey JohnsonLast year Betsey Johnson had models doing yoga down her runway. This season, it’s bike shorts—perhaps an homage to our national spinning obsession, or all those splits she does after every show?


T by Alex WangThe laid-back little sister to Alexander Wang, T by Alexander Wang proved as casual-chic as ever with relaxed knits, beanies, and these lust-worthy pants that look like running leggings.



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