Norma Kamali is going back to basics. Thanks to the industry's renewed interest in all things athletic and streetwear, her long-honed approach to sweatshirt dressing has a whole lot of
21st-century relevance. In an effort to differentiate her brand from the plethora of others in a saturated niche, Kamali and her team have zeroed in on key pieces (the harem pants, the cocoon coat) and embraced a palette of black, gray, and white. If there were any doubts that sweats are no longer reserved for a run out to the bodega, Kamali has laid them to rest with her high(er)-brow separates. Terrycloth sweatpants got an upgrade with patch detailing in polka-dot and chevron prints; a wide-leg pair boasted a slick black tuxedo stripe, while others still had cool, boxy cargo pockets to stash an iPhone and lip balm. A boyfriend blazer in the same terry was surprisingly sharp, scarcely letting on its true loungewear leanings. But the designer doesn't just talk the talk—she's a longtime fitness junkie, and so plenty of her items serve as functional workout-wear with sexed-up touches. After all, why shouldn't leggings offer both a spot for one's keys and slinky sheer accents? Under her Kamali Kulture sub-label, there were plenty of simple staples—from jumpsuits to camisoles—in a Lycra blend that looked equal parts sensual and easy. Ladies, make yourselves comfortable.