Designer Virgil Abloh doesn’t follow fashion trends. He sets them. It’s why luxury brands trying to embrace athleisure and street-style lovers in need of new inspo follow his every move. After all, his collections are harbingers of where the fastest growing fashion category is headed.
So it makes sense that Abloh’s Off-White ready-to-wear show yesterday for Paris Fashion Week was a good place to look for spring/summer ’19 athleisure trends. He collaborated with Nike again for this go-round on the runway, for which he had the concrete floors of the Garage Amelot painted to look like an indoor race course. (Track-and-field was the theme of the collection.) The models, a mix of pro catwalkers and pro female athletes, included Vashti Cunningham, the 20-year-old U.S. Olympic high jumper who’s as well-known for her athleticism as she is her personal style.
While Abloh’s unexpected casting choices grabbed headlines, inclusivity wasn’t the only newsworthy aspect of show. Scroll down to see five athleisure moments that were statement makers as well.
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1. Pointed-toe sneakers
As if to signal the chunky sneaker trend is coming to an end (sigh), Abloh sent down the runway several pairs of retro kicks with a modern twist: a narrowed toe curve. It’s a common shape in boots and heels, but sneakers? Okay, Abloh, we get your, ahem, point. Athleisure is refining its fashion game.
2. Peekaboo sports bras
Cropped sports bras and high-waisted pants are a common sight in and out of studios at this point. Come spring though, expect the activewear top to get a prim makeunder. Abloh showed sports bras under billowy eyelet midi dresses with plunging necklines. It’s a style hack for revealing silhouettes that’s much easier than double-sided tape to pull off.
3. Buh-bye, bike shorts. Here come capri leggings
Who can forget Naomi Campbell closing Off-White’s FW18 show in a pair of white bike shorts inspired by Princess Diana? The ’90s exercise staple immediately became one of the summer’s biggest athleisure trends. But it looks like Abloh’s already over it. He’s moved on to an extended version of the cropped legging that hits just below the knee. It’s reminiscent of the tights football players wear under their padding. By far, it’s the boldest look of the bunch.
4. Running shorts under see-through skirts
Anyone who deals with chub rub when it’s hot out will appreciate this one. The next iteration of transparent dresses over underwear is…transparent dresses over retro running shorts. Abloh showed shrunken, ’70s-style neon versions beneath full-length lace dresses. The look felt airy but not overexposed. So, expect to see skirted shorts once the temps rise.
5. Thigh packs are the new fanny pack
Okay, this trend is less realistic off the runway, but it’s here’s for those who are over belt bags and don’t want to stop living that hands-free life: Abloh showed a mini pack strapped to the upper leg of a few models wearing bodysuits, mini skirts, and windbreaker pants. A little too fashion-forward? Perhaps, but it’s definitely a #lewk.
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