From ultraluxe gym bags to activity trackers and accessories that broadcast extreme brand love, the fitness world is enjoying a fashionable moment. Here are some additions to the growing segment. BATTLE OF THE BANDS: Joining the widely known Nike+ FuelBand, whose second generation will launch in November, are new competitors in the fitness tracker market.
Polar Loop Known for its heart-rate monitors, Polar is getting in the wristband tracker game with the Polar Loop. Like other trackers, the Loop measures sleeping patterns, steps taken and caloric burn. What sets this device apart is that it links to a heart rate monitor, giving the wearer a more accurate picture of calories burned. It’s also waterproof, while other bands are water resistant. Users can log workouts via Bluetooth and access Polar’s training plans. It retails for $109.
FitBitForce Fitbit’s latest addition tracks stairs climbed, distance, calories burned and active minutes expended. Using Bluetooth, the Force also monitors sleep, and like the Loop and FuelBand, includes a display screen showing stats as well as the time. An iPhone 4s or higher can receive call notifications, too. Price: $129.95
BATTLE OF THE BAGS: New high-end bags with an athletic twist.
Park Luxury Sporting Accessories Anne-Marie Olson, a former vice president of handbags and accessories at Li & Fung, left her job a year ago to start Park, a high-end brand devoted to athletic accessories. From totes and backpacks to bags for tennis, golf, skiing and snowboarding, Park uses coated canvas and leather from Italy. Bags range from $450 to $1,100 at parkaccessories.com.
Stalvey Jason Stalvey always wanted an alligator duffel he could carry to the gym. He admits it’s a bit extravagant, but when he couldn’t find a suitable one, he decided to launch his own exotics collection of men’s and women’s bags. Besides the duffel, other sporty numbers include a gym sack and baseball caps, all in alligator. Prices range from $1,800 to $25,000 at stalvey.com. SPIN SISTERS: Flywheel and SoulCycle are taking their rivalry to the streets with the continued expansion of each studio’s accessories and apparel collections.
Soul Cycle Soul enthusiasts can shop a trove of cold-weather accessories at Soul’s retail shops come December. Goods include cashmere gloves, hats, legwarmers, scarves and a limited-edition blanket. “Our riders are connected to their transformative experience in the SoulCycle studio and the SoulCycle gear is an extension of that experience,” said cofounder Julie Rice.
Flywheel Flywheel will launch “fashionable, yet functional” gym bags and small pouches under its private label, said retail director Natalie Cohen. “Accessories is the next category we are testing,” she said. “There’s a lot of opportunity.” The bags, scarves, beanies, trucker hats and more are set to hit Flywheel studios in time for holiday.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)