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The new collaboration Nike x Sacai

 

Nike’s new collaboration with the avant-garde label Sacai goes public today.

In the world of sportswear, Nike is the embodiment of perpetual innovation both in terms of technique and design. As competitors multiply their attempts to seduce fashionistas, the brand with the swoosh logo cautiously tracks this terrain, anxious to avoid the effects of trends all while respecting its own values – liberate the body and serve the needs of athletes. 

Daria Klishna 

After a first collection for summer 2015, Nike today unveils the winter chapter of its collaboration with Sacai, the cult avant-garde Japanese label founded by Chitose Abe whose innovative tailoring reinvents the classic wardrobe. Among the Sacai signatures are clothes with incredibly complex patterns, hybridizing for example a knitted sweater with a silk shirt. Or one whose back has floating volumes, pleated or diaphanous, totally contrasting with the front of the piece. “Sacai’s vision is to take pieces familiar to all, like the cardigan, the skirt or the jacket, and to play with the materials and the silhouette,” explains Chitose Abe. “We’ve invented a new version of the classic. A design philosophy that I also applied to Nikelab x Sacai, the Sacai vision is grafted onto the Nike style that we already know.”

 

For her own collections the virtuoso Chitose Abe often makes pieces of outerwear spectacularly tailored in technical fabrics. The Nikelab x Sacai summer collection was already composed of daring hybrid garments that played with the effects of contrast by mixing the fabrics and basic shapes of sportswear with pleats, layering and ethereal volumes. Following this same thread, this second collection is bursting with surprises: a cotton Nike t-shirt the back of which is a cape, a sweatshirt with a back that transforms into a cape or into a cable-knit sweater, a baseball jacket with new volumes… The garments highlight the encounter between two technical experts, Sacai and Nike, right down to the choice of materials: the Nike Tech Fleece, Nike’s innovative technology that keeps out the cold, meets traditional materials such as wool and leather. While you’ll have to wait until December 10th to get your hands on the more wintry aspects of this beautiful collaboration, the autumnal elements are available from today at nike.com/nikelab and in certain Nikelab boutiques.   

 

By Delphine Roche

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Fashion, eroticism and creativity, the photos of Mert and Marcus in a book
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