Yohji Yamamoto ’s Y3 line for Adidas hits tores this pring and is certain to spur more design- ers to take a closer look at the wide world of sports.Some already have,as evidenced by urf- inspired looks at spring runway hows for Balenciaga,Chanel and Miu Miu.

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More than ever,sportswear has taken on an athletic feel with performance-oriented fabrics like mesh and Supplex making their way into the designer world.Conversely,brands like Nike and Nuala have been toning down their activewear styles to offer more versatile pieces ideal for post- workout wear.