Another designer got the memo on the crossover between ready-to-wear and performance apparel (aka sports gear or workout clothing). Alexander Wang introduced his new collaboration with H&M the other night and, POW, he hit a home run with athletic-inspired looks made of performance fabrics so they can go to the gym and the office. For several years I’ve noticed more and more women wearing brands like Lululemon as ready-to-wear–oh those yoga pants! Luxury brands like Hermès and designers like Tory Burch picked up on the trend and launched — or are launching — their own lines of sporting apparel. Even Haute Couture houses like Dior and Chanel started selling very expensive sneakers. I’m sure Wang’s looks for H&M will fly off the shelves when they arrive in store on November 6th.
I first met Liya Kebede back in 2000 when she was starting out in Paris, modeling for Tom Ford at Gucci and Saint Laurent. Liya always impressed me with her intelligence and poise. At the time she was balancing a new family and a demanding career, all with incredible ease and grace. We later worked together on the cover of the first issue of Time Style & Design. It didn’t surprise me when Liya was named a WHO Goodwill Ambassador to Maternal Health and simultaneously started her own foundation and a line of beautiful clothes woven by artisans in her native Ethiopia. Most recently she has partnered with Monique Péan to create a capsule collection of jewelry inspired by geometric interpretations of the shape of the African continent. Necklaces and rings are made of recycled 18-karat gold, conflict-free diamonds, fossilized walrus ivory, and one-of-a-kind sustainable blue sapphire. The proceeds of sales will go to Liya’s foundation, which supports maternal, newborn, and child healthcare globally. www.moniquepean.com