Antigua has announced its spring 2016 Women’s Performance Collection activewear, highlighted by fabrications that combine polyester and spandex, unique prints, color palettes that include jewel tones, and the continuation of successful silhouettes.
This full collection emphasizes light to mid-weight overtops, plus the use of heathers through the assortment of polos and sheerless polos. All fabrics and silhouettes have been LPGA Tour-tested.
“During the development of the spring 2016 collection, I felt a desire to be more conservative with styling and therefore, spent my time focusing on fabrication,” said Danielle Dellios, head of women’s design at Antigua.
“The activewear marketplace has reached its threshold and consumers are inundated with product offerings. Every brand has its version of ath-leisure clothing, so it was up to our design team to create something unique,” she said.
“I found myself wanting to refine the overall look of the collection by eliminating any trend-specific details and keep styling at a minimum. By doing so, the collection evolved into something more sophisticated and classic,” added Dellios.
Style Element is fairly traditional in its appearance but features a soft polyester/spandex irregular heather fabric that gives it a higher value perception.
Pure is Antigua’s first basic solid polo in years. It’s an ultra-soft poly/spandex fabric, with basic styling details such as bust darts and angled side seams.
In keeping with the minimalist approach, styles such as Strive have very basic details, including an open placket and self-fabric collar, but with a nylon/poly/spandex tonal mini-stripe fabric.
Geometric patterns have been strong in the marketplace for a full year now, so styles Radical, Ascent, Modern and Champ emerged — each featuring a version of abstract triangle prints.
Radical and Champ are both white body styles with a pop of color, whereas Modern and Ascent are colour body styles with tonal variations of the print.
The color palette for spring 2016 focuses on highly saturated jewel tones.
“We felt the neon colours were slowly fading away and the more
basic, primary colors were coming into play,” said Dellios.
“Colour direction in the sportswear market has been stagnant, so we took our cues from high fashion and made our our version of a primary palette,” she added.
Along with a bright, clean red called Fire, other colours include a true kelly green called Verdant, a vibrant royal blue named Hypnotic, a sunshine yellow named Sunburst, and a step away from the traditional purple with a more berry color called Mardi Gras.
These primary jewel tones are paired with black and white throughout the collection.
Desert Dry is a moisture-wicking technology created exclusively for Antigua, to absorb and wick moisture quickly and evenly.
The Desert Dry product family includes any garment using a fabric weight of 150 gsm or heavier. Typically fabrics over 150 gsm offer more body and improved drape for the customers who don’t like the ightweight, clingy fabrics currently in the market.
Examples of Desert Dry styles are Gypsy, Element, Jewel, Ascent, Stroke, Strive, Movement, Maverick, Equity and Pure.
Desert Dry Xtra Lite (D2XL) combines Antigua’s exclusive Desert Dry moisture-wicking feature with specially constructed light fabrics for maximum wicking performance and optimum comfort.
The D2XL product family includes any garment using a fabric weight of 150 gsm or lighter. These fabrics have been specially engineered to be lightweight while not being overly sheer.
This is possible through the use of ultra-fine yarns that give a fabric more body while not dramatically increasing the weight. Examples of D2XL styles are Champ, Jubilee, Premium, Radical and Modern.
Antigua is distributed in Canada by Tournament Sports.