Sporting Spring

 

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It’s hard to tell the sport from the fashion brands this spring, with designers labels like Miu Miu, Cynthia Rowley, DKNY and Roksanda Ilincic taking their inspiration from the playing fields, and luxe athletic brands like Monreal London, Lacoste, and Lucas Hugh finding theirs on the runways. Cross genre the look is sporty with bold stripes, graphic cut-outs and geometric patterns as the common thread. Whether surfing, playing tennis, working out or just running around, with these chic and sporty spring styles you’ll be ready for action whatever the day may bring.

LEFT COLUMN: CYNTHIA ROWLEY ATHLETIC STRIPE WETSUIT $210; MIU MIU HOODED SHELL PARKA $595; FLAGPOLE SWIM JOELLEN COLORBLOCK CUT-OUT SUIT $398; TEVA FLATFORM SANDAL $50; CENTER COLUMN: ROKSANDA ILINCIC POLKA-DOT CREPE DRESS $1350; MONREAL LONDON STRETCH JERSEY MESH PLAYSUIT $530; RIGHT COLUMN: LACOSTE FASHION SHOW ASYMMETRICAL PRINTED SWEATER $295; LUCAS HUGH PARAGON CAPRI $275; BOAST COURT ZIP-UP $128; NIKE MARIA SHARAPOVA TENNIS SKIRT $65

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Zen Came Tulum

 
CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: YOUR EDITOR, IN A JOYOUS MORNING STRETCH, WEARING LULULEMON STUDIO RACERBACK TOP AND PRISMSPORT DAISY CAPRI LEGGINGS; POST YOGA BREAKFAST; TWO HALVES OF A WHOLE: HALLE BECKER AND LOREN BASSETT; VIEW FROM THE DECK AT AMANSALA; ROBERTA ROLLER RABBIT ETOILE PAJAMA SHIRT; BEACHFRONT ACCOMMODATIONS AND LOUNGE OPTIONS AT AMANSALA

 
There are not a lot of people who could convince this non-yogi to go on a yoga retreat but when Halle Becker — one of the things I wrote I did not hate in “The Six Things I Hate About Yoga”– told me she was leading one with Loren Basset in Tulum, Mexico, I booked my spot before you could say “ohm”.

Past the line-up of all-inclusive resort complexes on the Mayan Riviera is the still unspoiled stretch of beach of Tulum Mexico, an eco-chic holiday destination that has long been a mecca for yoga retreats. The resorts there are made up of beachfront thatched roofed huts and open air palapa studios that are the dream settings for any yoga class. Our retreat would be at the Amansala, a longstanding favorite and home of the “Bikini Bootcamp“. A yoga vacation would be a better description than retreat, because although the meals were filled with deliciously fresh and healthy offerings, we would not be retreating from such guilty pleasures as chips, guacamole and margaritas. And while there was a 2 hour yoga class in the morning and 1 1/2 hour class in the afternoon, I opted for my own one class a day plan, which for 5 days in a row was more yoga than I practice in a month.

Halle Becker and Loren Basset have been friends for 8 years. Halle was originally Loren’s student at a studio called “Some Like it Hot.” I know them both from Pure Yoga. On a whim, they decided to organize a retreat 4 years ago. The first year had 16 people who they begged to come and they hosted it at the remote Holbox Island resort in Mexico. Their second retreat was at Amansala, where it has been ever since, and by chance that year Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Reece Witherspoon, and Demi Moore happened to be staying. They joined Halle and Loren’s classes for fun, which you can only imagine was off the hook. The retreats have grown in size each year and been sold out ever since. Read More

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Back In Black: 8 Sneaker Classics

 

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Like the 8 iconic White Sneakers we featured last summer, the black sneaker for winter is your other must have pair of kicks. These timeless favorites are always in style, and here are our 10 unisex favorites to have you back in black. 

LEFT COLUMN: PUMA SUEDE CLASSIC $59; CONVERSE JACK PURCELL $60; VANS CLASSIC SLIP-ON PEBBLE SNAKE $60; ONITSUKA TIGER BY ASICS TOKUTEN $70; RIGHT COLUMN: ADIDAS ORIGINALS SAMBA $70; NIKE BLAZER LOW SNAKE STAMPED PATENT LEATHER $90; NEW BALANCE 420 $74.99; SAUCONY BULLET $55

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A Decade of Adidas by Stella McCartney

 
ADIDAS BY STELLA MCCARTNEY STORE, AVENTURA MALL, MIAMI

 
Just opened in Miami’s Aventura Mall is the new Adidas by Stella McCartney store, their second stand alone store in the US. It features the new Spring/Summer 2015 capsule collection which marks the ten-year anniversary of the collaboration between Stella McCartney and Adidas. The brand has become synonymous with the “Ath-Leisure” category of the fashion market, and the booming 35.1 billion activewear industry that now represents 17% of all apparel sales.

From Run to Yoga to Swim, Stella McCartney calls the new line “a combination of strong design aesthetic with true performance technologies”. It utilizes Adidas’s trademark fabrics like Techfit (bands which offer compression and stability,) Climachill and Climacool (temperature control to ensure maximum performance) and BOOST footwear (an innovative foam storing thousands of energy capsules for reactive cushioning.)

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RAVEN STUDIO PERFORMANCE T-SHIRT; ESSENTIALS SHORTS, PERFORMANCE TANK, ADIPURE RUNNING SHOES; WEEKENDER PALM PRINTED PULLOVER

 
Along with the endurance and performance technology, the Spring/Summer 2015 collection is filled with vibrant colors, graphic prints and sleek lines, designed to compliment the female physique with a combination of compression fit, flattering cuts, and high fashion styling. In the crowded space that has become fashion athletic wear, this collaboration continues to push the boundaries of that intersection of sport and style for which it has become recognized, and to define all day workout chic.

Additional reporting by Danielle Braha

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From the Ski Runs to the Runways

 
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Last week we were in Vail/Beaver Creek, Colorado for the World Ski Championships. This week we are back in our home turf of NYC for New York Fashion Week. A video popped into our email feed from Vogue this morning, filmed with a GoPro, and capturing an action packed day in the life of supermodel Karlie Kloss. It shows this gorgeous model, at the top of her game, from dawn til dusk, on a typical NY Fashion Week day.

GoPro cameras are noted as hi-def action cams, usually employed by adrenaline junkies, looking to immortalize their extreme pursuits. We thought we’d share a more typical Go Pro video we saw last week of skier Julie Mancuso, a supermodel in her own right, on her typical day, capturing a different kind of action. Julie was at Vail at the World Championships competing in both the speed and slalom events, and “modeling” her new signature line of POC goggles, sunglasses and helmet in competition. A decorated Olympian, she has won the most medals of any female alpine skier, with a gold in the giant slalom at the 2006 Winter Olympics, a silver in both downhill and combined (downhill & slalom) in 2010, and a bronze in the combined in 2014. When she’s not on the slopes, Julie is on the waves paddling and surfing, splitting her time between Squaw valley and Hawaii. Check out this “Wonder Woman” in action.
 

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Be My Sporty Valentine

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day! We are celebrating our love of all things sporty with red hearted, kiss covered, lip smacking gear and accessories we think you’ll love too!

 

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CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: PHILIPP PLEIN PARADISE DRESS $625. Smack dab on the kisser, you’ll be feeling the love of this sleeveless graphic lips print dress with its sporty racerback style. NIKE TECH CAPE $130. The Nike Tech Women’s Cape, with its scuba hood and drop-tail hem, is made with a thermal construction for lightweight warmth in red Valentine’s style. GIRO ASPECT BIKE HELMET $170. This hot red helmet goes beyond simple protection with its sleek look and top-notch technology. PLAY CDG X CONVERSE $135. Commes Des Garcons and Converse hooked up and gave birth to this love child, a heart covered classic Pro Leather sneaker. J.CREW VINTAGE COTTON KISS KISS TEE $39.50. It’s twice the love with this double kiss tee. Made with soft vintage cotton, its heathered texture has that cozy worn-in feel. JENNIFER FISHER LARGE HEART GOLD PLATED NECKLACE $340. Cupid’s arrow hit the target straight through the heart with this gold plated pendent necklace.

BOGS URBAN FARMER 2-EYE LACE BATIK BOOTS $95. Stay dry and comfortable with these durable garden and rain boots. They are 100% waterproof with a Max-Wick™ lining to absorb and evaporate any moisture. MARKUS LUPFER JEWELED BEANIE $225. This knit merino wool jewel beanie features crystal embellishments along the brim to keep you warm with some extra sizzle and shine. ELECTRIC ED01 – T NATO WATCH $120. “Be Cool Man” with this digital tide predictor watch, with moon phase, calendar, alarm, countdown and chronograph that let’s you know when surf’s up. The velcro wrap band makes waves too with its graphic style. ELECTRA INDY 5 3I $879.99. It’s old-school cool redefined with this hot red Electra cruiser. You gotta love the spring seat, swept-back handlebars, and painted-to-match fenders for extra style. Three gears add a little push up any hills, with front disc and rear coaster brakes to let you stop on a dime.

CENTER: RAY-BAN AVIATOR SUNGLASSES $170. It’s the classic Ray-Ban aviator, red hot for Valentines Day. ADIDAS BY STELLA MCCARTNEY SLIDES $100. A chic and sporty poolside sandal, these slides feature a minimal two strap design, comfortable shaped footbed and grooved rubber outsole.

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Confirmed & Snkr

 
NIKE SNKRS STATION: INTERACTIVE  POP-UP SHOP AT BOWERY & GREAT JONES ST. IN NYC

 
Within a week of each other, timed with two major style and sport events in NYC, New York Fashion Week and the NBA All-Star Game, Nike and Adidas have released shopping apps for those who must have the newest sneakers drop at their fingertips. Nike’s new shopping app, SNKRS, features a calendar of both upcoming and recently launched sneakers, and allows users to set notifications for upcoming releases so they can grab the new drops within minutes of their release. It allows users to curate and customize the sneakers featured, and also saves the user’s billing, shipping and sizing information for speedy in-app checkout. To announce and promote the app, a pop-up shop at the corner of Bowery and Great Jones St. in lower Manhattan has been set up for NBA All Star Weekend, showcasing the apps features in a giant interactive shoebox.
 
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Adidas also just released “Confirmed” in advance of Kanye West’s Yeezy Boost sneakers going on sale in New York this Saturday and timed with his New York Fashion Week presentation. Its primary function is allowing users to reserve their coveted drops for in-store pick-up, although this user was not quick enough to snag a pair of those Yeezy Boosts herself.
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Vail 2015: Tommy Bowers Ski

 
CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: STOREFRONT OF TOMMY BOWERS SKI; FUSALP JACKETS; ORTOVOX “ROCK & WOOL” SHORT MERINO LEGGINGS; EISBAR SKI HATS; E11 WOMENS “RAPIDE” DOWN VEST

 
Nestled in Solaris Plaza in Vail, Colorado, where the medals, opening and closing ceremonies are taking place for the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships, is one of the best ski shops we’ve ever seen. Everyone knows Moncler, and maybe Authier and Kjus, but Tommy Bowers Ski also carries the most incredible selection of other ultra chic European ski and outdoor brands, rarely seen here in the US. The store is filled with jackets, pants, hats and base layers of French, Italian, Austrian, Swedish, German, and Swiss lines like Fusalp, Duvetica,Frauenshcuh,  E11, Ortovox, Eisbar and Kru. While the look is more apres-ski in St.Moritz than rippin’ it up in the Rockies, these are all technical pieces — warm, breathable and weatherproof — and ready to perform if you are!

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AUTHIER JACKET; INSIDE TOMMY BOWERS SKI; MAMMUT, FRAUENSCHUH AND ORTOVOX BASELAYERS

 
Owners Lee Keating and husband Tom Bowers, a former ski racer, are based in Aspen where they also own Performance Ski that carries many of the same brands. If you’re in town for the World Championships or are heading to Vail or Aspen for Spring Break, be sure to check out both shops while you’re there!

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