The Best Activewear Collaborations of 2017
Demi Lovato x Fabletics
Demi Lovato and Kate Hudson first met at a gym, fittingly enough. After their chance run-in and getting to know each other, they decided to launch an activewear collaboration, the first of which was introduced via Fabletics in May 2017. A second collection dropped on the site in August 2017.
The limited-edition capsules include workout tops with cutouts, color-blocking, and fun backs as well as comfy leggings with mesh panels, fun prints, zippers, and metallic details. A portion of the proceeds supports the company's ongoing partnership with the United Nations Foundation's Girl Up campaign and goes toward the SchoolCycle program, which provides bicycles to girls so they can get to school.
Pharrell x Adidas
Long time Adidas collaborator and R&B singer Pharrell Williams developed his first performance collection with Adidas last summer, a capsule inspired by 1970s tennis icons.
The collab was responsible for some of the 2017 US Open's most memorable outfits. The collection mixes Pharrell's unique taste with retro style and modern Adidas technology into a range of cable knits, polos, skorts, dresses, knee socks, visors, and tennis shoes. All the sporty looks are available on the Adidas website and at select retailers.
Jonathan Simkhai x Carbon38
CFDA award–winning womenswear designer Jonathan Simkhai, famous for his figure-hugging and laser-cut dresses, paired up with sportswear label and online boutique Carbon38 to create an athleisure collaboration that can only be summed up by one emoji. Fire.
The first collection launched in January 2017, followed by a second in the fall that included corsets reimagined into fierce and sexy statements of femininity, along with sleek, high-waisted leggings that compress and contour.
We'll be heading to the site to add the lace-up leggings to our shopping carts, like now.
Justina Blakeney x Beyond Yoga
Beyond Yoga teamed up with Justina Blakeney, founder of The Jungalow, in 2017 to release a limited-edition collection inspired by the designer and author's love for color, prints, and plants. This collection is made with four-way stretch and quick dry technology to keep you comfortable while looking and feeling chic. The capsule includes super-soft harem sweatpants, a cute and playful bomber jacket, and a bralette that you can mix and match with high-waisted palm-printed capris or leggings.
Anna Kaiser x C9 Champion
In case you didn't know, Anna Kaiser is basically her own fitness and style brand. So it shouldn't be surprising that she was asked to partner with Target, known for its celeb fashion collaborations. Anna Kaiser x C9 Champion kicked off 2017 with a 16-piece limited-edition collection of performance-oriented apparel and accessories, which included layering pieces meant for easy shedding during intense workouts, mantra-printed t-shirts, edgy cut-off gloves, and hats. The affordable and inclusive C9 line offered every style in plus sizes as well to help women feel comfortable in their own skin.
JW Anderson x Converse
Britain-based fashion designer JW Anderson dropped a collab with Converse earlier this month, just in time for the holidays, and it's anything but basic. The colorful, glitter-dipped shoes in red, green, blue, and black embody a kind of casual luxury, are comfortable to commute in, but dare we say fancy enough for your NYE party? You can find the affordable designer duds on the Converse website, JW Anderson, and select retailers. Trust and believe you should get these before the capsule sells out. Because it will. (Also check out the new Miley Cyrus–Converse collab.)
Kule x Bandier
Jennifer Bandier, one of the founders of multi-brand fitness shop Bandier, and Nikki Kule of Kule Stripes have known each other since elementary school. In October 2017, the two launched a high-performance activewear collection that's both stylish and playful (the pictures are proof that the duo doesn't take themselves too seriously, which we love). The capsule, which you can shop at Bandier, uses stripes to revamp tracksuits, bras, cropped t-shirts, tube socks, and leggings.
André 3000 x Tretorn
In November of 2017, Andrew Benjamin, one half of hip-hop duo OutKast (cue "Hey Ya!"), debuted a new capsule collection with Tretorn, a brand known for its comfortable, lightweight pre-coastal slip-on sneakers. Dubbed "I André Benjamin will not draw in class," the collection of 10 styles for men and women was inspired by André's classroom daydream doodles from his childhood in Georgia. (He even wore Tretorns growing up in Atlanta!) André's drawings are infused into the collaboration's branding, from his ant logo on the box to the tissue paper you find inside, so one can truly sense a personal connection between the singer—now designer—and the brand.
Sophia Webster x Puma
London-based shoe designer Sophia Webster, who is known for her colorful and tropical take on footwear, paired up for a partnership with Puma earlier this year. The designer launched a collection of sneakers and slides that came laced with her signature butterfly design, keeping silhouettes youthful and feminine, but still sporty and practical. Webster also helped design performance wear apparel for the capsule—designing clothing being completely new to her—for clients who love to dance. Some staple items included sheer leotards, cutout leggings, fitted shorts with mesh details, unicorn-emblemed crop tops, and a leather varsity jacket to throw on for the commute between home and barre class.
Jessica Biel x Gaiam
In September 2017, wellness brand Gaiam announced that actress Jessica Biel was their new brand ambassador and that she'll be designing her own signature apparel collection, launching in 2018. The collection is expected to elevate the company's basics to include more fashion-forward capris, leggings, tops, and jackets that Biel says will take inspiration from the runways. The ultimate goal is to create something that looks out of your price range but quite pleasantly is not.