- Fall collection drops in Sept.
- New Nike x Sacai LDV Waffle and Blazer color ways coming
Nike To Drop New Colorways of the LDV Waffle and Blazer In New Nike x Sacai Collaboration
The Nike x Sacai were one of the most popular on trend and coveted shoes this summer and if you couldn’t get your hands on one when it dropped, and don’t want to shell out cash on resale market, you have another chance. Nike announced and released official images of their new LDWaffle and Blazer in the Sacai collaboration. Chitose Abe, sacai founder latest project with Nike is an 11-piece collection, fronted by Tennis star Naomi Osaka, that combines the past and present of Nike’s running apparel innovations through a tour de force of strikingly-contrasted logos, patterns, colors and hemlines.
The new collection channels Abe’s signature design language, which brings a new irreverence to running style and extends a partnership with Nike that began in 2014. Chitose Abe describes intuition as a guiding force. Things have to make sense for the sacai founder, even when creating something never-before-seen. Belief in Abe’s work with sportswear and military icons has rung true
“sacai was just at the beginning of its foray into the international realm, We saw immediately that Abe is very good at mixing up sportswear with high fashion. One of the things that we thought was really interesting about working with sacai was her way of layering and draping.” Fraser Cooke, Special Projects Senior Director
For example, the Nike x sacai skirt is inspired by the styling of a jacket, like the Nike Windrunner, tied around the waist.
“Often, I take the things I like from two different items of clothing and splice them together to create a whole that is bigger than the sum of its parts…I express the end result as a ‘hybrid’…There has to be a genuine interest or connection in order for me to create something new and unexpected. Another important thing is that the partnership needs to contribute exactly half the work.”
Nike’s mastery in shoe design is clear in making Abe’s imagined footwear fusion tangible. “We literally got two photocopied pictures of two different shoes that they folded in half and put on top of each other,” says Cooke of the beginning stages of the Nike x sacai LDWaffle.
The resulting sneaker, a sterling example of equal contribution, certainly creates an entity greater than a simple mash-up of its components. It is symbolic of the Nike x sacai running collection as a whole — rethinking the relationship between craft, material and symbol with aplomb. Check out the gallery above for more images.
The Nike x sacai apparel drops in September alongside new colorways of the LDWaffle and Blazer. Stay tuned for complete pricing and drop specific dates.
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