Given that 99% of the world's globe-trotting population shows up to airports in jogging gear, it's about time that a proper, high-minded designer gave them something actually fashionable to put on (and we're not just talking about a flattering pair of yoga pants). Junya Watanabe did just that and more this season, delivering a hybrid 'on and off the mat' collection which, if marketed properly, could easily put the likes of Lululemon out of business. Employing traditional technical stretch materials, Watanabe used aerodynamic contours and intricate slicing to create new cuts and silhouettes for sportswear, also applying new textures and materials to tailored wear. The neon citrus palette made for a juicy two-tone graphic effect, while humble materials like black netting and silk nylon outerwear were reinterpreted into dresses. If everyone showed up to Heathrow in one of these get-ups, the world would be a saner, safer, more stylish place. There might be a few problems, however, in getting one of the lethally-sculpted silver metal helmets through airport security checks.
Words: J.J. Martin