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Derek Lam’s Latest Athleta Collection is Luxe Athleisure

Derek Lam 10C for Athleta

It’s the second outing for Derek Lam 10C and Athelta €” and it’s good. After a successful debut that had plenty of girls retiring their go-to Lulus, the dynamic duo of Lam and Athleta are back for an expanded holiday collection. But that’s not all. The lookbook for next year’s collection dropped, too, giving us a glimpse into the performance-inflected athleisurewear that’s going to hit store shelves (and the Athleta website) next February.

While the first collection focused on black basics shot with bold cobalt accents, Lam’s second capsule collection offers more in the way of clothes you’ll wear out even if the gym isn’t on your schedule for the day. While most head to Athleta for athletic goods, Lam is giving them reason to reconsider, especially with luxe options in cashmere and leather. While leather leggings might not be the thing for downward dogs or spin class, the blend of leather with luxe tech fabric courtesy Athelta’s cult-favorite pants mean mobility and comfort wherever they’re headed. Most pieces tip-toe the line between streetwear and gym attire, which is definitely the athleisure sweet spot. Not sure just how to walk the walk? This collection is the perfect way to experiment.

Shop our picks from the holiday collection:

Derek Lam 10C for Athleta

There’s a dress perfect for cocktail parties (it’s enhanced with four-way stretch) and even a poncho for those who need to stave the chill post-Zumba.

In short, the holiday collection is full of must-have items that you’ll wear in and out of yoga class. And those New Balances? Consider them in our carts.

And for next year, Lam’s focusing in on a softer palette and more performance blends. Blending Athleta’s beloved sports bras with flowing overlays, bold color combos and more, it’s definitely something to check out if you’re growing tired of your all-black gym attire. While the holiday collection rings up higher than usual (with sub-$100 picks like the New Balance kicks and bras all the way up to $498 for a leather jacket), the spring offering brings things back down a bit. Expect things to remain in the $100 range. The spring collection arrives in stores February, right when your checking account recovers from the holidays.

Shop the entire Derek Lam 10C x Athleta collection at www.athleta.com.

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Monday Muse: Coco Fronsac Inspires BCBG Max Azria Resort 2016

A work from Coco Fronsac’s In Bag series

BCBG Max Azria is known for clothes that real girls wear. No boundary pushing, no cerebral shapes, no nonsense, too, just clothes that actually get worn by real women during their real lives. So it came as a surprise when Lubov Azria cited artist Coco Fronsac as the inspiration for the brand’s latest resort collection. The artist is known for painting over turn of the century photos. It’s part graffiti, part mixed media and completely cool, but not something we’d expect to be the touchstone for a BCBG collection. But, what came from the artistic foray? A collection of the brand’s go-tos, fan favorites and greatest hits, all done up with a little bit of whimsy and fun, something that’s completely in line with BCBG’s DNA.

BCBG Resort 2016

The boho basics that BCBG pump out every season got a twist thanks to embroidered masks and tribal decorations €” think of it as Fronsac herself adding her signature work onto a base of BCBG basics. What resulted were elevated, elegant pieces that would look perfect at seaside vacations and offices alike, especially now that tailoring is getting looser, basic black isn’t a requirement and creative dressing is practically a requirement (whether it’s required by your HR department or yourself is the question).

Pattern play appeared on flowy pants, loose blouses and more, too. Mix and match? Yes, and yes. Touches of stripe and ikat brought it all together, but in total, these were pieces meant to complement each other and clash in every way possible. It was a balancing act that Azria handled with aplomb.

BCBG Resort 2016

Dresses, which might be the brand’s real bread and butter, came with underpinnings that flashed in bright hues, in block prints and blended together silk, lace and crochet. It all went back the mixed media of Fransac’s art. And instead of pairing maxis and flowing skirts with dainty sandals or sky high stilettos (Lubov’s shoe of choice, naturally), BCBG enlisted Frye for a footwear collab. The result is riff on the line’s Veronica buckle boot €” an iconic style from the brand €” that was a little roughed up to ground the entire collection. There were frills, but these shoes meant business (and they’re sure to sell out when they hit stores).

Outerwear, which is a growing category for the label, included fur-trimmed army jackets, khaki sahariennes and a painted leather jacket that was meant to age, peel and crack as the wearer took it thorough its paces, revealing white leather under the inky black surface.

Revolutionary? No. But we wanted everything, and that’s saying something.

For more information, visit www.bcbg.com.