When the WNBA preseason kicks off on May 6, the teams will be sporting new Nike-designed uniforms with women's-specific fits, advanced performance features and two distinct colorways.Nike replaced Adidas as the league's outfitter in an eight-year deal that kicks off in 2018.Keri Lenker, senior manager of the identity outfitting and equipment group for the NBA/WNBA, said the new Nike uniform system is "designed specifically for the female athlete." The designs were created after working closely with players to discover their needs for movement and comfort. There are women-specific scapula cuts on the jerseys with mesh panels placed specifically where women sweat. Shorts are vented and are offered in either regular or low-rise as well as in different lengths.[caption id="attachment_1202661438" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The New York Liberty's uniforms.[/caption]Each team will sport the same silhouette and will feature an "icon edition," which is its primary color and a secondary accent color, as well as a "statement edition," whose coloring is the opposite. At the back of the jersey is a "championship tag," she said, with a number printed on it marking the number of championships each franchise has won. Tights will also be available in team colors and the players will also be outfitted with Nike sport bras as well as warm-up shirts, jackets and tear-away pants.Lenker said commercial versions of the jerseys will be available to consumers under the Nike Authentic program while Fanatics will sell replica uniforms in its stores and online. That product will also launch next month.The WNBA has had several apparel partners over the years, including Champion, Reebok and Adidas. Its official season starts on May 18.
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"I think Spike is such a brilliant director because he holds up a mirror to society and reflects these issues, yet he doesn't shove it down your throat, he doesn't tell you what to think," says @lauraharrier on her latest film @Blackkklansman. Harrier was at the Cannes Film Festival – for the very first time – with @officialspikelee. #wwdeye #cannes (📷: @zefashioninsider)
“I would think to myself, Are you happy? Yes, I’m wildly happy. I go to this studio every day and, in my inside voices, I’m giggling; I’m singing. Yes, it’s a lot of work, it’s a [huge] volume of material. It wouldn’t be for everybody. But I was very happy,” said soap opera star @therealsusanlucci of checking in throughout the years with her career trajectory. Lucci spoke to WWD about her decades-long career, love for pilates, motherhood and her QVC activewear line. Read Bridget Foley’s full piece on Lucci on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: @celestesloman)
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"I always feel curious and I feel like there's more to learn. But I think being relevant, feeling relevant, I personally always feel that there's just so much more to know. And maybe that's the key.” — @themarcjacobs #wwdsummits #wwdbeauty (📷: @patrickmacleodphoto )
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WWD asked a number designers to share their thoughts on what Meghan Markle’s wedding gown will look like this Saturday. Here, Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli sketches his look. #wwdfashion #royalwedding #meghanmarkle