Chinese sports brand Li-Ning made its Men’s Paris Fashion Week debut today, and delivered a retro-inspired yet forward-thinking menswear collection. This line was all about reflecting on the sports historic achievements of its founder and namesake, Olympic gymnast Li Ning. The Li-Ning Spring/Summer 2019 collection centers around the year 1982, when the athlete won seven gold medals at the Sixth World Cup Gymnastic Competition, a feat which instantly transformed him into “the Prince of Gymnastics,” a Chinese national hero.
“His personal story—a focal point of the brand’s heritage—unfolds across apparel and footwear that references the graphics and aesthetic language of Mr. Li’s heyday. Yet the result is progressive and contemporary with oversize proportions, advanced fabrics, street-inspired silhouettes, and clashing colorways,” reads a press release from the brand. “Two years later, in 1984, he became the most honored athlete at the Summer Olympic Games, winning three gold medals, two silver, and one bronze. This origin tale is the foundation of the collection, which features alternative athletic-wear like asymmetric tops and cropped sweats, often emblazoned with slogans like ‘Leaning on Li-Ning’ and ‘The Legend Begins’ in Chinese and English.”
In modern fashion times, 80s-inspired sportswear makes for the perfect street style statement pieces. Items like colorful track jackets, athletic tanks and tees, and neon tunics are all featured in their full glory here. Accessorized with colorful waist bags, dad caps, and colorful chunky sneakers, you can see the vintage inspiration with definite futuristic vibes.