Collaborations. We see it happen everywhere. H&M collaborating with high-end designers, Adidas expanding Yeezy to a full collection, Supreme teaming up with Louis Vuitton and so on. In this post I want to write about one of my favorite collabo collections: Nikelab x RT.
Former Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci did several collaborations with Nikelab. We’ve seen him reinvent the silhouettes of classic Nike shoes like the Air Force 1, the Dunk and more recently the Air Max 97. The one in the picture below is the Tisci Air Force 1 Mid ‘Vachetta Tan’. One of my favorite pairs. A super clean colorway with insane details and premium materials. The box and totebag that came with it gave it that extra Tisci feel.
Not only the sneakers received the Tisci treatment. Also performancewear got a premium look and feel with Tisci’s style of prints we’ve seen him create at Givenchy. All the pieces were engineered as much for function as fashion. In this print he created a kaleidoscope flowerprint inspired by flowers from Oregon; the home of Nike.
“It was interesting…a little bit of a difficult process because to make something that is very dynamic, to do sport and to do activity, and make it strongly recognizable — a fashion statement — is not easy, but we achieved something that’s amazing. There’s a lot of sensuality.” – Riccardo Tisci
What is your favorite collaboration and what collaboration would you like to see in the future?