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Norma Kamali

There’s always a place for foiled-terry sweatshirts in a Norma Kamali offering, and those weren’t lacking in the designer’s Pre-Fall collection. But among her biggest coups? Compression pieces. The godmother of activewear introduced a handful this season, true performance garments with an undeniably graphic appeal. They came in the form of stretch tops and leggings, bearing glossy black X‘s across the torso or encircling the legs, respectively. The basic principle is that the pressure being applied can improve posture or shorten recovery time after a hefty workout, among other benefits; a happy incidental is that they may make you look svelter. But for all the hard-core workout gear, there were plenty of the lounge-y pieces for which Kamali is best known, the sort to take you from brunch to the shops to Pilates, like pinstripe-and-terry combo blazers. Burn-out terry was a particular favorite here and made for surprisingly sexy sheer maxi dresses and crop tops. Indeed, risqué reigned with this lineup—a curve-hugging jumpsuit with a plunging, crisscrossed back; others with generous cutouts over the abs, sides, and back. Ladies, start your engines.

—Kristin Anderson,

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