This season, Mona Kowalska found herself preoccupied with the idea of sports injuries as a metaphor for the passage of time, and how those tragic moments immediately divide players' lives into "before" and "after" stages. With this in mind, the A Détacher designer used her Fall collection to address "what remains of a former athlete's career stylistically," she explained backstage before the show. Ironically, Kowalska admitted she has never been much of a jock herself, adding, "I am particularly not gifted in this field."
Working in a range of classic uniform colors (deep maroon and brown accented with pops of orange and marigold yellow), Kowalska put her signature quirky spin on classic sportswear materials. Net mesh was featured in unexpected ways on pieces like pleated shirtdresses and basketball shorts attached to relaxed warm-up pants. Other tongue-in-cheek riffs on the varsity theme included structured car coats and capes cut from wool plaids reminiscent of stadium blankets, as well as a white leather gym duffel and lace dresses splashed with Gatorade-esque lightning bolts. All in all, Kowalska's creative concept and playful execution earned her a win here.