June 29, 2013 Paris
"Sporty" isn't the first word that comes to mind when thinking of the fashion sense of the typical Parisienne. But Jay Ahr swears that the jardins de Paris are filled with young women running around in spandex and sweats. Who knew? Those athletes provided the inspiration for the designer's new collection, a pretty straightforward riff on a workout kit. Of course, Ahr gave his gear a luxe makeover: The holes in his sweatshirt dresses, for instance, revealed chunky hand-embroidered crystals. And the fraying of his track pants was purposeful, of course; Ahr mimicked the effect by using lace. Some of this felt a bit on the nose, but the clothes were executed with a ton of polish, and they'll attract shoppers. The strongest looks here, however, tended to be the least literal. His popcorn and tie-dyed knits had an evergreen appeal, and his evening gowns were sexy yet unassuming. In fact, they looked as easy to wear as workout gear.