Nike are known for collaborating with the creme de la creme and this week is no exception. Riccardo Tisci, designer with French fashion house Givenchy has reinvented Nike’s iconic silhouette the Air Force 1 for Spring/Summer 2014.
Ricardo Tisci (RT) is responsible for bringing Givenchy back into the limelight and has been the firms creative directory since 2005 and thought to be the best designer for the label since Hubert de Givenchy.His talents and influence used in obtaining RnB sensation Erykah Badu to be the face of Givenchy’s spring 2014 campaign and securing himself another three years with the label.
RT has a street passion and has always loved all things American including Nike, he feels a kind of bond with America due to his time playing basketball as a youth in Italy. Plus he has been wearing the same style of Nike sneaker for the past 15 years an all white Air Force 1 (over 125 pairs in his collection). This collection is something personal and meaningful to RT and the reason why the AF1 silhouette and materials still remain strong in this collab. Heres what RT had to say in his interview with Style.com
“When I got the call, it sounded so strong, so perfect for my DNA. It’s a big honor for me, especially because they’re always working with sports people,” he continued. Nike has partnered with the likes of the industrial designer Mark Newsom, the artist Tom Sachs, and (infamously) Kanye West, but it rarely collaborates with fashion designers. “I couldn’t bring them technology, instead I brought my style, what people like me for and what the young generation follows me for,” Tisci added. So what does it all look like? “It’s strong without being loud.”
The Nike + RT Air Force 1 collection sees a reworked low, mid, and an all new high and boot versions of this classic. All featuring premium leather, brown swoosh, perforated toe box, blue-white and orange stripped detail on the tongue and heel tab, orange sock liner with a yellow and grey (possibly reflective) modified strap detail on mid and higher models. It will be released in two colourways all white first then in all black.
The first colourway is available on the 21st of March at Nike concept locations, such as 151 Wooster, 21 Mercer, Dover Street Market New York, London, and Tokyo, 1948 London, Nike Stadium Milan, X158 Shanghai, and with select retailers. The black Nike + R.T. Collection launches globally in May. Check back for more info prior to release.
Really hoping they drop a clothing line to accompany this cos I need that t-shirt!!!
Pics via Style.com