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Runway Alert: From the Race Track

Men’s and women’s designers are revved up for racing-inspired style.

Fashion’s current interest in the automotive world was arguably kick-started in 2017 when Ralph Lauren held his Fall ’17 runway show in his private garage. Tommy Hilfiger carried the theme through his Spring ’18 collaboration with Gigi Hadid, a men’s and women’s line loaded with moto jackets and denim covered in race car-inspired logos.

And now more fashion heavy hitters are buckling up for Fall ’19.

Formula One served as a source of inspiration for MSGM, which paired tees with “Turbo” across the chest and knits with racing-inspired logos alongside slouchy, medium blue wash jeans and black acid wash denim shirts. Flame printed jeans and leather trousers with racing stripes brought the look home.

London-based Alex Mullins reimagined race uniforms with bold color combinations. Looks included selvedge jeans and mock neck tops with racing motifs, as well as more literal pieces, like boxy moto jackets and trousers with logos emblazoned down the arm and leg.

Checkered flag prints were a go-to for streetwear brands like Bobby Abley and Off-White, which punched up the pattern with bright shades of pink and orange. And jumpsuits by Daniel W. Fletcher and Biuu borrowed style cues from pit crews with front zippers and color blocking.

Meanwhile, Versace and Moschino mixed leather moto jackets with lavish prints of gold scrollwork, while Berluti paired moto pants with lush leather button-down shirts.

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