"I mean, this is stuff that you could sleep in or just throw on to walk the dog. That's what this line is meant to be. It's not meant to be a runway show collection," Norma Kamali said during a preview of her Fall collection. The veteran designer has always promoted a healthy lifestyle over a particular look. She had a true "lifestyle brand" long before that phrase became omnipresent, and her clothes are meant to be lived in and well-worn, not admired from afar. They're stretchy, washable, and comfortable above all, but still interesting enough to make a statement without trying too hard.

Last season, Kamali reintroduced the fashion-forward sweats she first did in the early eighties. It doesn't get more meta than a sweatshirt that reads "sweats," but she also found new ways to update standard terry cloth, whipping it up into maxi skirts, slouchy tailored trousers, and a quilted hoodie that could be styled several ways—"it's like you're being hugged by that jacket," she said of the lattermost item. However, avant-garde sweats weren't the only thing on offer here. Kamali used a bonded faux sherpa fabric on a series of fleecy coats that boasted up to six functional pockets apiece. Elsewhere, she experimented with stretch leather, faux fur, varnished vinyl, and camouflage, which was featured on several of her signature sleeping-bag coats. "I did camo again because we've received so many requests since Rihanna got ahold of one of our vintage camo pieces. When you've been around as long as I have, you've kind of covered everything already," she said.