When millennial-favourite Lululemon first announced its collaboration with Roksanda last year, everyone in the fitness (and fashion) sphere stopped dead in their tracks and paid attention.
The runway-meets-gym concept isn’t exactly revolutionary; Stella McCartney has done it for years with Adidas, Victoria Beckham has worked out several collections for Reebok, and 3.1 Philip Lim has reimagined Fila. But there was something magical about the Canadian activewear giant’s when it first launched last year. It was the first time in its 22-year history that it would collaborate with a fashion designer, much less one known for dressing the likes of Meghan Markle, Michelle Obama, and Cate Blanchett.
This year, the two powerhouses are set to once again take gyms and yoga studios by storm. The second drop comprises of 17 pieces designed just for “urban nomads”. Classic Lululemon silhouettes have been transformed with Roksanda’s signature touches, so expect plenty of colour blocking and feminine details such as billowy sleeves.
The first collaboration might’ve danced around cooler shades of icy lilacs and deep sapphire, but this one sees a warmer colour palette comprised of mulled wine, mustard, and surprising punches of green— a refined medium between the spectrum of blinding neon and all-black uniforms defining gyms today.
Function was as important as form; the collection sees a technical satin skirt which sports a reflective cord that also doubles as a locker strap. The Face Forward Cape is an evolution of the Infinity Coat from the first series, and is designed for virtually any situation you might find yourself in. According to Roksanda Illincic, this includes the office commute, in the rain when you the take the dog for a walk, and with a couture dress.
Other Lululemon classics that have been reimagined with the urban chic colourway include the Break New Ground Tights and My Element Bra. There’s even a backpack to complete the look.
“It’s designed for a woman of our times,” mused Illincic on the collection. “Her life is busy, intricate, involved and has so many cultural facets. But above all she’s short on the luxury of time, and wants garments that will work for the whole day.”
The Lululemon x Roksanda collection is now available online here.