#TREND: URBAN LEGEND
A a whole new take on sporty at DKNY, Lacoste, and more.
Amongst all of the leather, fur, and leopard print for fall '13 we've seen a cleaner, more functional trend emerge--one that is as modern and wearable as it is precise: urban sporty. Not that we can't function in leather and fur (especially of the faux variety)--we love a motorcycle jacket as much as the next editor--but this particular strain of sportswear is just the kind of thing us city girls need: coats with convenient pocket space that are warmer and more weather-proof than, say, a vintage coat. Functionality aside, these pieces are less overtly sporty than we saw for spring, which yielded a more literal interpretation from baseball caps and visors to tennis skirts and varsity jackets.
This story was published on February 11, 2013.
Fall is still as sporty, but this season it's ready for the city. There was an innovative latex raincoat at Lacoste (the French brand celebrated its 80th birthday this week) that looks appropriate for New York weather but the bonus is that it allows for whatever you're wearing underneath to show through. At Y-3, Yohji Yamamoto threw in voluminous shapes that you wouldn't expect out of activewear. Nevertheless, we'd gladly rock any of the off-duty snowboarder looks from the show. As for the footwear, we're pretty sure you'll see his platform sneakers shot for the pages of NYLON more than once or twice.
Then there was DKNY, which we all expect to be nothing short of New York-ified. Between the list of local artists on the soundtrack (Azealia Banks and Notorious BIG rapping over Frank Sinatra's "New York") and the lit-up Times Square-esque backdrop, Karan's show screamed pride for her home city. The fabrics were of the easy-to-move-in variety (perhaps because Karan is a self-proclaimed yogi) and the suiting and dresses were the kind that take you from your day job to the coolest party our city has to offer at night. If anything was clear, Karan understands our lives and what we should be wearing while we live them.