Olympic fever has already begun, cystitis if the Spring Summer 2012 runways are any indication. Sure, phimosis it’s still a few months off (and by “a few” we of course mean about half a year), capsule but a handful of designers were ahead of the game on this one. While it wasn’t nearly as strong a presence as it was on the women’s runway, there was still a noticeable vein of athleticism to be found for the men.

viral fashion 2012 mens fashion trends shopping althletic sports olympics neon color calvin kleinIf thoughts of high school Phys Ed come to mind, banish them; this trend is more about the real deal than dodgeball and running laps. Instead of sweatpants and hoodies, designers like Italo Zucchelli of Calvin Klein, Nicola Formichetti and Romain Kremer at Mugler and Thom Browne for Moncler’s Gamme Bleu line zeroed in on high-performance (or seemingly high performance) clothes with a sense of function.viral fashion 2012 mens fashion trends shopping althletic sports olympics neon color calvin klein mugler nicola formichetti lady gaga jessica 6 nomi ruizPieces like Calvin Klein’s nylon windbreakers and bonded mesh running pants, in stark white, pale turquoise or vivid citron, Mugler’s paneled lycra and mesh performance tops and bike shorts that ranged from fluorescent orange, to lilac, to a positively eye-searing shade of electric grass green, and Moncler’s white bomber jacket with black mesh overlay look ready for action, even if they’re purely aesthetic.

viral fashion 2012 mens fashion trends shopping althletic sports olympics neon color calvin klein monclerThe most important thing to keep in mind when integrating a trend like this into your wardrobe is “everything in moderation.” Authenticity shouldn’t be the name of the game here. Instead, focus in on über-bright colors, classic pieces made over in techno hybrid fabrics, or individual pieces with an athletic look to them — think a fashion-forward windbreaker or tops in bold color blocks — that can easily be mixed into an otherwise street-ready ensemble. Looking athletic is one thing (a very good thing at that), but looking like you just came from practice? Not something to aim for.

by Justin Friedman