John Galliano Fall/Winter 2014 Paris

By Alex Veblen
Spend enough time in Paris and you’ll notice that jogging has become de rigueur—mainly among men. On weekends they loop around the impeccably landscaped parks, seemingly gung ho to sweat out the week’s excesses. And while shorts over sport tights are the most popular way to outfit oneself, heaven forbid this attire be worn beyond the walk home.

Yet if Bill Gaytten has his way, guys will be pairing dress shirts with athletic leggings and sneakers come fall. As John Galliano‘s creative director, the designer has been moving the label’s menswear more and more toward the youthful intersection of the street and sport categories. He does this cleverly by applying top-shelf fabrications to high-fashion silhouettes: foamy sweatshirts with overly rounded shoulders, satiny windbreakers and tunics like eveningwear jerseys. Gaytten also tilted the stripes on a dress shirt so that they run diagonally and create the effect of movement. Nothing, however, shifted the intensity upward as much as the knit leggings, skinnier than skinny jeans.

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