This week in February is a very exciting time: not only is it the start of the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea – but it is also the beginning of New York Fashion Week in NYC. Which is why we are loving the intersection of Olympics and international fashion that was showcased at the Li-Ning Fall/Winter 2018 menswear collection presentation this NYFW.
Founded in 1990 by the renowned Chinese Olympic gymnast Li Ning, this brand is all about mixing athletic gear with modern street styles. But the new FW18 line is the brand’s debut on the international fashion circuit. For the show at TMall China Day, stars like actor Scott Eastwood and model Cameron Dallas sat VIP front row wearing some of the collection’s latest pieces: colorful and graphic sportswear.
“For Fall/Winter 2018, Li-Ning explores the tension between past and future, man and nature. Inspired by Wu Dao, the principles of Taoism, the show’s theme expresses Li-Ning’s pride in its heritage through a futuristic vision of Chinese style,” the brand shared in a post-show press release. “Western sportswear silhouettes are contrasted with traditional Chinese details. Innovative fabrics are trimmed with classic embroideries. Modern structure meets a sense of time-tested craftsmanship. This is 21st century streetwear seen through the lens of Chinese custom in a strict color palette of red, white, black, and gold.”
We can really see the gymnastics inspiration in looks like the one Cameron is wearing, which could pass for a trendy warmup suit!
To see runway photos from the Li-Ning Fall/Winter 2018 menswear collection show, swipe through the gallery below.
To see the incredible details that pay tribute to Li-Ning’s Olympics career, swipe through the designer’s Instagram gallery below.
— Kristine Hope Kowalski