Fashion Forecast: Athletic Allure

Fashion Forecast: Athletic Allure
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Move aside, feminine frivolities, it's game time. A handful of designers are shaking things up with sporty racerbacks, bulky zippers and loads of mesh. If you thought these elements were strictly for the track, you're sorely mistaken. From the street to the red carpet, celebs are already dashing out to try the athletic style. 

Miranda+Kerr in Emma Stone and Stars at MoMA
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Breakout style star Miranda Kerr sexied up the trend—as she tends to do—with this peplum Peter Pilotto dress (say that 10 times fast!). The zippered bodice and lace-up Nicholas Kirkwood stilettos made this futuristic look positively winning.

New York Fashion Week Spring 2012, Vera Wang
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Bridal wear queen Vera Wang spiced up her spring collection with an unexpected turn to racy style—in every sense of the word. Heavy netting met with drawstrings and hoods to create romantic uniforms for that fantasy couture basketball team of yours.

Charlize+Theron in Stars at the 'Young Adult' Premiere
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Charlize Theron can do no wrong. She was right on target in this Stella McCartney single-strap number at the Young Adult premiere. The designer's theme for spring may have been the delightful curlicues of Baroque art, but sheer mesh paneling gave a modern nod to team attire.

Milan Fashion Week Spring 2012, Versus
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Normally you would associate Donatella Versace with curve-hugging gowns, dripping fringe or bright leather, but her diffusion line, Versus, leans toward the casual side of fashion. For spring, the designer played with loose silhouettes and visible chunky zippers like this black and lilac piece.

Rihanna in Rihanna Leaving A Hotel In Miami
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Rihanna brought the workout trend to the street with these Alexander Wang track shorts. At first glance you might think the pop star was going for a jog, but her gold jewelry and those ankle-wrap heels suggest otherwise.

New York Fashion Week Spring 2012, 3.1 Phillip Lim
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Phillip Lim, the king of downtown chic, lent an athletic influence to silky pastel work wear for his spring line. This t-back trench is bound to be an editorial hit, or at least make it into the Fashion Week wardrobes of your favorite bloggers.

Nikki+Reed in The Cinema Society & DKNY Host A Screening Of
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Nikki Reed's neon cutout dress from the Breaking Dawn premiere channeled the body-conscious movement of the '80s (but in much prettier fashion). This Michael Kors number came from his vibrant deep sea diver Resort collection.

New York Fashion Week Spring 2012, Alexander Wang
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Alexander Wang's spring line had a polarizing effect among viewers. Fashion's Boy Wonder debuted a slew of locker room looks. While a mesh zip-up dress is all fun and games, let's forgo the gym hair, please.

Christina+Milian in Christina Milian at the Palms Hotel
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Christina Milian's scuba zip-up dress made her look like a '90s Barbie doll (you know, the ones whose swimsuits changed color in the water). The sporty motif doesn't get more literal than this, folks!
Editor, graphic designer, illustrator. Tanya@Livingly.com
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