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Vera Wang gets sporty with spring 2014 collection and skimpy cheerleader uniforms

Vera Wang gets sporty with spring 2014 line and cheerleader uniforms

Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders September uniforms designed by Vera Wang
Vera Wang designed new uniforms for the Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders. Photo by © Hunter Martin/Getty Images Sport
Fashion Week spring summer 2013 Vera Wang Look 5
Vera Wang black silk gauze zip-up cropped baseball jacket and skirt. Photo courtesy of Vera Wang
Fashion Week spring summer 2013 Vera Wang Look 37
Vera Wang red silk chiffon gown with techo mesh and net collage. Photo courtesy of Vera Wang
Fashion Week spring summer 2013 Vera Wang ook 30
Vera Wang black silk chiffon dress with yellow asymmetrical color block panel. Photo courtesy of Vera Wang
Fashion Week spring summer 2013 Vera Wang Look 19
Vera Wang white silk gauze one-shoulder asymmetrical with with charcoal side panel, halter tank and A-line skirt. Photo courtesy of Vera Wang
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Vera Wang 1
Vera Wang black silk crepe de chine long-sleeve dress with mesh and net collage panels. Photo by © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Vera Wang 2
Vera Wang black silk chiffon long dress over matching camisole slip. Photo by © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 designer Vera Wang
Designer Vera Wang at her New York runway show. Photo by © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders September uniforms designed by Vera Wang
Vera Wang also designed the black sparkly sneakers for the Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders. Photo by © Hunter Martin/Getty Images Sport
Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders September uniforms designed by Vera Wang
Fashion Week spring summer 2013 Vera Wang Look 5
Fashion Week spring summer 2013 Vera Wang Look 37
Fashion Week spring summer 2013 Vera Wang ook 30
Fashion Week spring summer 2013 Vera Wang Look 19
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Vera Wang 1
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Vera Wang 2
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 designer Vera Wang
Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders September uniforms designed by Vera Wang

Although Vera Wang was once a competitive figure skater, her sensibility on the runway tends to be artful and architectural, with designs more suited to a museum than a sports arena.

But lately she has been loosening up her look with a return to her athletic roots. Her spring 2014 collection has a sporty vibe, and she uses innovative techno fabrics while retaining the ethereal feeling for which she is known. Wang also has created new uniforms for the Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders that show considerably more skin.

 One silk organza circular seam dress featured a swoosh of blue gauze — could Wang have been thinking of the Nike logo for inspiration?

Her spring 2014 collection, shown in New York before a celebrity crowd that included Giuliana Rancic and John Legend, started out with 10 all-black looks that appeared indistinguishable until you examined them closer. Zip-up baseball jackets combined stretch knit and mesh fabrics with silk faile, while second-skin dresses incorporated mesh and lace collage panels.

The collection got considerably more colorful midway through, with floaty dresses in bright red, yellow and blue combining chiffon and organza with mesh inlays and circular seams. Halter top and racer back designs exposed the arms, shoulder and back to accentuate a muscular body. One silk organza circular seam dress featured a swoosh of blue gauze — could Wang have been thinking of the Nike logo for inspiration?

Her designs for the Philadephia Eagles cheerleaders, which were unveiled earlier this month at the team's home opener, are considerably more revealing. The new two-piece skin-baring uniforms reflect the team colors of midnight green, white and black in contrasting panels. Wang also designed the black sparkle sneakers.

"We feel the uniforms are ideal for the cutting-edge image of the cheerleaders – chic while displaying athleticism," Christina Weiss Lurie, president of Eagles Youth Partnership and Eagles Social Responsibility, said in a statement.

Wang is friends with Lurie and her ex-husband, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie.

The uniforms — updated versions of the ones Wang designed for the team back in 2003 — also include high-neck, long-sleeved shrugs and short, low-rise skirts for when the weather is cooler. But we're not sure exactly what the cheerleaders are going to do when it turns really cold because there is no Vera Wang-designed parka.