Let’s Get Physical: MICHI Fall Collection 2012

I find it difficult to keep fit whilst I am traveling, Blog Reader, so back in England this weekend I turned to the outdoor-gym-of-Lincolnshire. I took a little run around the villages close to where I grew up, dressing in my favourite work out gear, MICHI.  Designer Michelle Watson just released her fall collection for 2012 and as usual I am in love with all of it.

Watson took inspiration from the mysterious underwater world: the unstoppable forces of the deep ocean meeting with serene and natural beauty.  Michelle explained, “Sinuous mesh insertions in contrasting fabrics and textures mirror the undulating oceanic waves and blend with sensual boudoir overtones to flatter the female form and create length.”

I am excited about the new layering pieces in the fall collection.  Long sleeved tops, sweatshirts and tank tops can be worn with the statement bras and leggings both in the gym and on the street.  New colours have also been introduced, including mustard and crimson.

I asked Michelle about her favourites from the new range:

1) The Medusa Leggings in black soft stretch denim because of the sinuous mesh inserts and mixed material mesh. They lengthen, flatter any body shape and are subtly sexy. Great for the gym and even better to dress up for the evening.
2) The Medusa Bra, which has a very clean front with small flattering details such as the center front cut-out triangle. The back is designed to be exposed by layering with a low back or sheer shirt. This bra creates a beautiful silhouette under a sheer or backless top.
3) The Abyss Top is an easy long sleeve layering top made with a buttery, super-soft Italian cotton fabric. The waist, back and shoulder mesh inserts are very flattering and slimming. They give the illusion of a nipped in waist and dress up any work-out outfit.
4) The new french terry sweatsuits (Aurora Sweatshirt, Jacket and Hoodie, and Frontier Sweatpant): MICHI now offers a sweatshirt, sweatpant, hoodie and varsity jacket. They’re perfect to wear to and from the gym, whilst travelling, for lounging and leisure and when you want to feel warm and comfortable but still want to feel polished and put together.
5) The Pipeline Legging is for the customer that wants minimal skin exposed but still wants a chic boudoir look, with an ‘X’ lattice down the side of the leg. A very durable and functional legging for the gym, but very easy to dress up for the evening.

Time to let me hear your body talk*, Blog Reader.

To view the entire Lookbook for MICHI Fall 2012 click here.

*Thank you, Olivia Newton John.

Fashion and Fitness.

Summer is just around the corner.  I always enjoy working out more in the summer months, I find it easier to get to the gym when it’s not snowing (yes NYC, I mean you) and take part in my favourite classes as well as exercise outdoors.

I’ve had a few requests for a fitness post, something I am by no means an expert in but there are certain things I love, that I wanted to share.  First up, Pilates.  Back in London I took reformer classes at my local studio and I love the challenge of working with the reformer machines. The exercise is gentle but intense, an intensity that can increase as your body conditioning improves.  It’s great for developing a strong ‘core’ (muscles at the centre of your body) which can protect your back and spine. I think Pilates helps you to become in tune with your body, through breathing, alignment and focus on movement*.

Second up, Tracy Anderson.  Tracy is somewhat of a guru to the stars – Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna and Shakira have all trained using her method:

“Based on over a decade of research on different muscular structure groups, Tracy Anderson has created a fitness method that can transform any body type. Tracy has created and patented over 3,000 fitness movements and her varying moves target every muscle in your body. The sequences strategically exhaust the muscles in a way that does not create bulk, and that strengthens the connection to the body.”  ~ From the Tracy Anderson website.

You can read a (somewhat comedy) review I wrote about Tracy’s mat work DVD for my friend Milla’s blog here along with other people’s thoughts on her method.  I wouldn’t touch the diet part of Tracy Anderson’s programme (there feels like hardly enough fuel to get you through the day let along her work outs**) but I’ve used both the mat work DVD and the Metamorphosis routine and I enjoy the challenge of these work outs too.

Finally, cycling.  I am by no means a speed cyclist but I love to cycle around the tip of Manhattan, east to west, and up the west coast path to the George Washington Bridge. In comparison to London there are so many more cycle routes here in NYC which is amazing.

How do you keep fit, Blog Reader? Do you feel passionate about Pilates like me? Or tried Tracy?

Wearing: (top image) Michi NY Illusion Pant;  Nike trainers, Reiss ballet wrap (old season).  (bottom image) As before plus: Skunkfunk women’s tee (similar here); Michi NY Feline Bra (just seen). Mesh gym bag, YakPak, gifted by The Accessories Council at their wonderful Breast Cancer Awareness event.

I borrowed this title from my gorgeous and uber fit blogger friend Lynzy whose website contains a separate section on exercise and includes an excellent feature on blogger fitness. Go check it out here!

Pilates image: Fat Bottom Slim.

*My opinions, but I am not an expert.  **Um… still not an expert.