Congrats to Norma Kamali 2016 CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award winner!

Norma Kamali, born 1947 in NYC, often utilized fabric used in sports and elevated it to “athleisure.” Effortlessly chic jersey fleece, the famous sleeping bag coat, and high heeled sneakers are all examples and used ingeniusly by Norma Kamali to achieve that Iconic 1980s 'outrageous' style, with a heavy nod to the silhouette of the 1940s.

Bolder shoulders! Wide-legged genie pants! And who could ever forget Farah Fawcett barely wearing that infamous red bathing suit that graced every teenage boys wall in the 1970s.

In her own words.

From the Norma Kamali website:

"Norma Kamali began her business in 1967 as a shop owner making styles in her sample room, and selling from her retail store.

Her goal from that first day as an entrepreneur up until today was to have the freedom to be creative, and to use that creativity to design styles for women to make them feel good. Kamali is not just a designer. She is an innovator. An inventor. In 1980, she was the first to present the innovative Sweats Collection and the Active Sportswear Collection as core parts of her brand, where they remain today. Her influential Swimwear is recognized globally as highly directional and has remained an influence in the market for decades.”

Here a few of our favorite looks!

Norma Kamali Collage