Friday, July 11, 2014

Britt's Picks - The Stride is Back and New "Noir" CoLab Stuff Coming (Updated)

Lots of excitement that he Stride is finally back. The one in this photo looks like Mojave Tan.

Colors that new Strides will come in.

A couple new run items in black Sweet Spot. I am hoping this is 4-way fabric.

I'm kind of confused about the difference between &Go and the colab stuff (minimal to my eye and I definitely slot them into the same category). There are five new pieces coming out - a bra, a jacket, a dress, shorts, and pants - in three colors: black, cream, and cadet (yawn).

Here are the artsy model photos of the line:

Here are some real life photos of it:

The dress looks a lot like the Refresher Racer dress but with a major difference. This dress is made of luon light (think a CRB) and the Refresher was regular luon. Regular luon offers you smoothing and holds you in, light luon will reveal all your lumps and bumps. One early try on I've read of this dress said it ran small and her size up was still too snug for her liking. The price is $108.

The new Noir Jacket shown with Shine Hi Times crops.  

I'm not getting the infatuation with the baseball style jacket. The &Go New School jacket was also baseball style, so was the Om jacket. This jacket is made of Swift. The shorts are also made of Swift. (How many warehouses of black Swift does lululemon have? I have the sneaking feeling that many recent designs seem to be aimed at getting rid of excess material.). The bra is luxtreme with mesh in the back and adjustable straps. Based on the photos it looks like the bra is going to be the best seller.

One of the special things about getting things at the lab in Vancouver is that it's made in Canada and I do not believe that is the case with these wide-release items. If I was Queen of lululemon, I'd say scrap these wide multi-item colab releases, put Lab stores in New York City and Los Angeles (maybe London and Paris, too, because, as Queen, money is no object and I don't have a board and investors on my ass ; )   ) to get some fresh and regional ideas, and port over the most popular designs into the main line as Special/Limited Editions.

New Headband Design - Criss Cross

I was right - there is a new headband style out. I can't tell if it's twisted in only one spot or not. It reminds me of my old favorite Dance Headband. (Thanks to Ms. A. for the top photo.)

Dance Headband - older Design

Neon Pink WAFS Power Y, Om Tank, and More

I think this is a new headband style in the photo but not sure - can anyone confirm? Also shown is a Sheer Lemon 105F Singlet, Stuff Your Bra in Angel Wing Sweet Dot, and Camo Speeds.

Sheer Lemon No Limit Tank.

New headband in this photo, too.
 Neon Pink Wee Space Power Y.

Mojave Tank/Black Wunder Under Pants.

I haven't liked the Yogi Cut Off tank in photos until these photos showed up. Shown with Forest Street to Studio Pants.

Om Tank photos.

The Black Striped Swiftly is back. Shown with Fatigue Camo Speeds.

Spotted in Stores - Pineapple Screen Print Cool Racerback (Updated)

Spotted in a Canadian store - a pineapple screen print Cool Racerback. I'm not sure whether I like it or not. (Thanks to Ms. B. for the photo.)

Update - a friend who has seen this in person says the printing the pineapple is created out of is the Flowabunga Multi print.

LOLZ- Runner's World Takes the Runsie for a Try Out

Thanks to Ms. T. for the head's up on this cute article.