Derek Lam’s Latest Athleta Collection is Luxe Athleisure

Derek Lam 10C for Athleta

Derek Lam 10C for Athleta

It’s the second outing for Derek Lam 10C and Athelta — and it’s good. After a successful debut that had plenty of girls retiring their go-to Lulus, the dynamic duo of Lam and Athleta are back for an expanded holiday collection. But that’s not all. The lookbook for next year’s collection dropped, too, giving us a glimpse into the performance-inflected athleisurewear that’s going to hit store shelves (and the Athleta website) next February.

While the first collection focused on black basics shot with bold cobalt accents, Lam’s second capsule collection offers more in the way of clothes you’ll wear out even if the gym isn’t on your schedule for the day. While most head to Athleta for athletic goods, Lam is giving them reason to reconsider, especially with luxe options in cashmere and leather. While leather leggings might not be the thing for downward dogs or spin class, the blend of leather with luxe tech fabric courtesy Athelta’s cult-favorite pants mean mobility and comfort wherever they’re headed. Most pieces tip-toe the line between streetwear and gym attire, which is definitely the athleisure sweet spot. Not sure just how to walk the walk? This collection is the perfect way to experiment.

Shop our picks from the holiday collection:

Derek Lam 10C for Athleta

Derek Lam 10C for Athleta

There’s a dress perfect for cocktail parties (it’s enhanced with four-way stretch) and even a poncho for those who need to stave the chill post-Zumba. In short, the holiday collection is full of must-have items that you’ll wear in and out of yoga class. And those New Balances? Consider them in our carts.

And for next year, Lam’s focusing in on a softer palette and more performance blends. Blending Athleta’s beloved sports bras with flowing overlays, bold color combos and more, it’s definitely something to check out if you’re growing tired of your all-black gym attire. While the holiday collection rings up higher than usual (with sub-$100 picks like the New Balance kicks and bras all the way up to $498 for a leather jacket), the spring offering brings things back down a bit. Expect things to remain in the $100 range. The spring collection arrives in stores February, right when your checking account recovers from the holidays.

Shop the entire Derek Lam 10C x Athleta collection at www.athleta.com.

Images courtesy Athleta

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Author:Christopher Luu

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.