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Jasper Conran Offers a Refreshing Spin on the Activewear Trend for Spring

The designer showed activewear-inspired separates and painterly tank dresses that are both relaxed and refined.

Activewear-inspired ready-to-wear is having another big season -- and frankly, I'm getting a little tired of seeing sneaker brands' signatures refashioned into expensive handbags, shoes and anoraks. And then I saw Jasper Conran's spring 2015 collection at London Fashion Week on Saturday.

The designer combined the utility of activewear with painterly prints to create clothes that were easy, polished and modern. A long white silk tee edged in cobalt brushstrokes was paired with cargo pants in white silk; a sporty navy jacket was given a formal edge with a crisp collar and enlarged pockets over a white pencil skirt; and a matching silk pullover and skirt printed with multi-colored abstract shapes offered a more interesting alternative to a sheath dress. Less sporty but equally relaxed were the long, glossy silk tank dresses, which hung loosely on the body. One was smeared with yellow paint; primary blue pigment dripped across the front of another.

Perhaps the best thing about the clothes is how easy they are to wear: Most looks involved just one or two pieces, and every single one was paired with flats. And yet they looked extremely polished -- dream clothes for the woman who wants to look good but doesn't want to spend too much time thinking about it.

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