The term athleisure is no stranger to the catwalk, but Summer 2016 introduces performance clothing with a sharp fashion edge. As the global activewear market is set to reach $83 billion in sales by 2020, according to a report released by Morgan Stanley last year -this season’s sees high-end design and sport functionality combine with a knock-out punch.

Lacoste | SS 16

Lacoste | SS 16

Lacoste SS 16

Lacoste | SS 16

The athletic compositions of Lacoste’s S/S 16 campaign show enlarged graphic prints in bold sport inspired colours. The collection is a combination of structured and boxy active wear and billowing hooded capes, not a far cry from the hoods on silk robes of pre-fight boxers.

Jean Paul Gaultier | SS 15

Jean Paul Gaultier | SS 15

For Jean Paul Gaultier’s final catwalk collection for S/S 15, he designed pieces honouring chapters in his fashion life. Superhero-cum-wrestlers featured heavily, with heavy zips on sporty bombers and strong fragmented typography with an 80’s influence. Mesh becomes more contemporary through laser cutting and garments are lifted with a satin finish.

Vogue Mexico April 2015 | Photography by James Macari

Vogue Mexico April 2015 | Photography by James Macari

Puma | Eskiva Sneaker

Puma | Eskiva Sneaker

Athleisure becomes ath-luxe with Puma’s boxing inspired pieces released earlier this year combining lightweight metallic wovens with slick knockout sneakers with the original 70’s feel. With a design so strong it has lasted over 4 decades, Puma keep their authentic shoe relevant with upgraded performance materials.

Flair Magazine #17 |May 2015 | Photography by Collier Schorr

Flair Magazine #17 |May 2015 | Photography by Collier Schorr

Rather than athletic themed high-end collections, S/S 16 sees active wear brands taking notes from the runways, creating activewear that is sleek and inspiring whilst maintaining incredible performance functionality.

 

Written by Cara Mulligan

Edited by Christina Wright

References

British Vogue (2014) Jean Paul Gaultier spring/summer 2015 ready-to-wear. Available at: http://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/spring-summer-2015/ready-to-wear/jean-paul-gaultier (Accessed: 17 June 2016).

Editorials Fashion Trends (2015) CATHERINE MCNEIL IN VOGUE MEXICO APRIL 2015 BY JAMES MACARI. Available at: https://www.editorialsfashiontrends.com/catherine-mcneil-in-vogue-mexico-april-2015-by-james-macari/ (Accessed: 17 June 2016).

Jang, L. (2016) Taking A closer look at PUMA’s ‘Eskiva’ | the 70’s inspired boxing sneaker – MISSBISH | women’s fashion, fitness & lifestyle magazine. Available at: http://missbish.com/taking-a-closer-look-at-pumas-eskiva-the-70s-inspired-boxing-sneaker/ (Accessed: 17 June 2016).

Wonderland Magazine (2015) NYFW | Lacoste SS16. Available at: http://www.wonderlandmagazine.com/2015/09/nyfw-lacoste-ss16/ (Accessed: 17 June 2016).