The updated form of this season’s womenswear hoodies and zip-ups repurposes the garment’s utilitarian roots. Originally designed to protect against cold weather conditions, the hoodie was adopted by defiant culture, its main feature lending a masked identity to any who seek its subversive comfort. However, the relaxed construction and innovative potential of this season’s hoodies offer a variety of styling options within every woman's closet. With silhouettes ranging from oversized to overlong and textures that showcase technical and bonded jersey or classic cotton fleece and French terry textiles, designer’s dress up this staple with decidedly feminine details like embroidered and sequined appliqués, ruffled trim, elegant dolman sleeves, and dramatically cropped hemlines. Secondary colors reign in an otherwise black-or-white palette. Decorated with playful graphic logos ranging from subtle to overstated, the hoodie remains a strong vehicle of self-expression. Knit zip-up sweaters with bold funnel neck collars made of luxury-blends, like wool and cashmere, offer a more sophisticated flair to layering. Reconstructed pieces meet with pre-layered composition and asymmetric hems showcasing designers' continued celebration of design which explores the intersection between sportswear and avant-garde.
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