Without fail, there are a handful of runway shows each season that not only set the tone for what the fashion crowd will be wearing throughout the season ahead, but also dictate what the masses will be buying thanks to fast-fashion’s “interpretation” of specific pieces. Phoebe Philo’s minimal creations for Céline are unequivocally among those knocked off most, as well as designs by Prada, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, and—most recently—Claire Waight Keller’s Chloé designs.
For better or worse, I can absolutely understand why retailers like Zara fall all over themselves trying to capitalize on particularly buzzy collections, like Chloe’s have been during the last two seasons. (Between single-handedly reviving the gladiator sandal for spring, and making bohemian skinny scarves cool for fall, there’s a reason why a friend who works at a high-end e-comm site told me off the record that the label has consistently been the number one seller this year.)
Which is why you can bet that come spring, we’ll be seeing various fast-fashion renditions of Chloé’s most recent must-have piece: The track pant.
The sporty staple ruled the label’s Spring 2016 collection, which was presented in Paris on Thursday, and weren’t unlike Adidas’ classic rip-away pants, but with zippers at the ankle: wide legged, loose, and with stripes down the side.
Paired with off-the-shoulder blouses, halters, and—in one case—a matching track pullover, the pants seemed to be both a belated nod to fashion’s ubiquitous athleisure trend and a take on a style that’s been worn throughout pop culture for decades (’70s-era Run DMC, Sporty Spice, and Chas Tenenbaum, to name a few.)
So yeah—expect to see plenty of elevated track pants hitting stores and sites like Zara, H&M, and ASOS this spring. Whether you’re a fan or not, I think we can all agree that we’re lucky Chloé didn’t decide to revive the matching velour tracksuit—although we have a feeling another designer will tackle that project in the coming seasons.