Yoga Collection Unveiled at New York Fashion Week

From innovative designs that promise to lend extra support and comfort to stylish cover ups that transition seamlessly from the studio to the street, it's no secret that yoga fashions are becoming increasingly more sophisticated these days. But is...
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From innovative designs that promise to lend extra support and comfort to stylish cover ups that transition seamlessly from the studio to the street, it's no secret that yoga fashions are becoming increasingly more sophisticated these days. But is...
Colleen Saidman Yee

From innovative designs that promise to lend extra support and comfort to stylish cover ups that transition seamlessly from the studio to the street, it's no secret that yoga fashions are becoming increasingly more sophisticated these days. But is yoga clothing stylish enough for fashion week?

Apparently so. Fashion designer Vivienne Tam, partnering with Chinese sports brand Li Ning, presented a fashion yoga collection yesterday at New York's Lincoln Center during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

The "modern women's dream yoga collection" wasn't shown with a traditional runway show, but a "'Live Sculpture Garden," led by yoga teaching duo Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee. Twenty yogini models were wore the new designs while they performed a choreographed yoga routine led by Yee and Saidman.

Tam, a longtime yoga student, said she created the collection when she had a difficult time finding fashionable athletic apparel that she could wear
to the yoga studio and then to the office or anywhere else. "With my crazy schedule, regularly flying back and forth from Hong Kong to the United States, yoga has been the one thing that not only keeps me focused but provides me with a sense of peace and better energy," she said.

The reviews aren't in yet, but this well-known designer's foray into yogawear created a lot of buzz in the fashion blogosphere. If it hits, we'll likely see other designers jumping on board.

What do you think? Does yoga have a place in fashion? Or does pairing yoga and fashion take the practice a little too far away from its intended purpose?