May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Paris: No better way to start the morning than a brisk walk down the runway. For Junya Watanabe this spring, the setting was interplanetary, perhaps occurring on the Starship Enterprise, or on Mars, alongside the Curiosity rover. Running sets, bike shorts and sweats were served up in authentic performance fabrics and studded with dynamic sportif details. The “fashion” came in the serpentine mesh vents that sliced through garments, the glam-rock glaze of surfaces, the punk attitude in ripped leggings and zippered darts that transformed silhouettes from relaxed-sport to ladylike hourglass. The last bit was a particularly impressive piece of sartorial trickery – one that exemplifies Watanabe’s uncanny ability to bring wit and romance to any situation.—Nivara Xaykao
Silhouette: Flared / Sporty sleek + slouchy
Color: Ketchup / Lime / Mustard / Dove / Carrot / Pine / Plum / Inky blue
Key Items: Running suit / Flared leggings / Dropped-crotch bike shorts / Techno tee / Ripped leggings / Tennis shift / Parachute dress / Warmup jacket with portrait collar / Flared knee-grazer
Materials: Double jersey / Athletic mesh / Performance nylon / Fleece / Microfiber / Wet-look treatments
Details + Trim: Mesh insets / Zippered darts / Bodice cutouts / Inside-of-elbow patches
Accessories + Footwear: Wedged high-tops / Running shoes / Studded helmets
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