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Basketball brought them together, and today Style.com has an exclusive first look at the collaborative collection from Nike and Pigalle (also known as PPP—Pain O ChoKolat, Pigalle Paris, Pompon).
Sticking to the basics—sneakers, shorts, tanks—the Nike x PPP Collection is as straightforward as it gets, containing all the things ballplayers need and nothing they don’t.
Now for the specifics: There will be two version of the Air Force 1—one AF1 Hi and one AF1 Low—made in leather with a waxed coating that will age nicely with time, and a transparent outsole covering the geometric design of a coach’s play drawing. The rest of the collection is comprised of two tank tops, two pairs of shorts, a hat, and a ball. The garments are tie-dyed, faded, and distressed to create imperfections that will mimic the wear on the sneakers.
“I wanted to take the shoe and make it alive,” says Stéphane Ashpool, a founding member of the PPP crew. “When you put the shoe on, you see the story, so I wanted to relate the patina, the way of dyeing and the texture together so it has the feeling of life.” The varnished and tie-dyed treatments used throughout the collection represent the character of a well-worn court.
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Each year during the second week of April, the modest city of Milan hosts one of the world’s preeminent design weeks, drawing from the farthest reaches of the greater design community. While most major brands introduce their home furnishing collections at the convention-center-based Salone del Mobile just outside of town, various districts in and around the city center house events, installations, and group shows of both established and emerging designers. Amid the seemingly endless events, exhibitions, and installations peppered throughout the city, a comprehensive sense of innovation and creativity seeped through. Now that the festivities have come to a close, here’s a look at the highlights.
COS x Nendo
In the world of design, few studios generate as much buzz as Tokyo’s Nendo. Its eye for simplicity and detail-driven design lent itself nicely to the recently unveiled collaboration with Swedish fashion brand COS. To introduce the collection, Nendo founder Oki Sato created an installation in the Brera Design District with white shirts winding through a stark gallery space like dominos, displayed on stands and suspended from the ceiling in a gradient, from white to gray and black.
Kvadrat x Raf Simons
One of the more exciting collaborations launched during the week had to be the new collection of textiles by Raf Simons for Danish textile company Kvadrat. As Simon’s first foray into textiles for home furnishing, the range included eleven color and texture-heavy fabric designs—including velvet, which seems to be trending this year. To show the materials’ versatility, Milan’s Spotti showroom hosted a variety of vignetters with an extensive collection of iconic mid-century furniture upholstered in the collection.
Marni “Animal House”
As with last year, Marni again hosted a charity-driven installation of furniture and sculpture just outside the city center. Giraffes, ostriches, rabbits, ducks, donkeys, and flamingos, each made of metal and brightly colored PVC by a group of Colombian craftswomen, dominated the landscape of a perfectly deteriorating indoor/outdoor space. Every aspect of lighthearted installation played on the collection’s theme of asymmetry.
While ceramic, copper, and cork continued to dominate, it seemed bright colors, too, were having a moment in industrial design. From big brands at Salone del Mobile to the playful work of more up-and-coming designers showing in the Ventura Lambrate and Brera Districts, cool hues were cleverly being utilized across the board. Drawing on all aforementioned materials, Something Good—a new concept brand focused on the next generation of Italian design—did well to stand out with its second-ever collection.
Marimekko Unikko 50th Anniversary Installation
Marimekko’s most celebrated design turns 50 this year, and to commemorate the iconic Unikko poppy pattern—designed by Maija Isola in 1964—the Finnish brand debuted a modest installation housing the new anniversary collection of textiles and homewares. While the color added a nice burst of energy to the environment, a loft within the area packed with pillows offered a momentary refuge for exhausted design enthusiasts.
Safilo x Marc Newson
Italian eyewear brand Safilo recently tapped famed Australian industrial designer Marc Newson to create a new range of frames. Inspired by Safilo’s 80th anniversary, Newson drew on vintage silhouettes seen in the Safilo archives for his five new designs. Milan institution 10 Corso Como hosted the launch of the capsule collection, alongside an installation at the Triennale Design Museum.
Palace Skateboards Pop-Off Shop
Coinciding with design week, Milan’s celebrated streetwear purveyor Slam Jam set off on the first of many events to celebrate its 25th anniversary, starting with a pop-up shop for London’s Palace Skateboards. Inside the “Pop-Off” shop, you found the entire current collection of softgoods, a range of exclusive Italian-inspired colorways, and vinyl from Palace’s recent collaboration with house DJ Theo Parish’s Sound Signature.
Nike Aero-static Dome Installation and Event Space
To introduce the new Kobe 9 Elite Low HTM, Nike created a multipurpose gathering space near the famous Duomo Cathedral. Designed by Miniwiz founder Arthur Huang, the Aero-static Dome installation was a buoyant structure entirely supported by the movement of air. The public space hosted daily design talks, while a series of display cases offered a detailed view of both the Kobe 9 HTM and the new Magista football boot—all while simultaneously anchoring the dome via thread and carbon fiber.
What happens when an American sportswear powerhouse collaborates with a U.K. prints legend? We are talking about Nike and Liberty of London, who, yes, have collaborated since 2007, but for summer 2014, the two have done something extra special.
“Nike was clear from the beginning they were interested in denim looks,” explains Anna Buruma, Liberty archivist. “So we chose a number of fabrics from our archives which we felt best matched that description.”
Fabric and prints geeks out there, take note: From the vast and legendary Liberty archive, Nike chose “Anoosha,” a 1930s blossom and bell print; “Lora,” a take on a 1970s version of William Morris’ “Willow” pattern; and “Crown,” a paisley block print from deep in the archives.
The patterns were printed on denim and remixed for some of Nike’s best-loved shoes, including the Air Max 1, Air Max 90, Roshe Run, Internationalist, Blazer, and Dunk Sky Hi. Magnhild Disington, Nike footwear designer, explains her choice: “These prints caught our eye right away, but rather than jump on it at the moment, we stepped away from it all and thought about it. If the prints came back to us a few days later, we knew they were the ones. They became something out of the moment, and became something more enduring—which for us led to a more authentic, honest collection.”
“From the dozens, if not hundreds, of prints we presented to Nike, their selection of prints for us was fascinating,” says Buruma. “The way they combined it was not only delightful for us, but I think will be for our customers.” Given the empty Nike shelves in Liberty a day after launch, it seems she was correct about that.
This Thursday, A.P.C. will release its latest collaboration with Nike, an Air Max 1 done up in an all-navy combo of suede, mesh, and leather, with a white midsole and gum outsole. You’re seeing them first, exclusively on Style.com. The kicks are simple and clean, keeping true to A.P.C.’s understated aesthetic. Available for both men and women in-stores and online for $120.
Not to be outdone by the Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Riccardo Tisci collab, Adidas is unleashing another round of Raf Simons kicks for spring.
Building on the initial Fall 2013 collection that included just three styles of performance runners, this drop includes a whole slew of new unisex models—eight to be exact, each in up to four different colorways. Blending classic three-stripe silhouettes like on the Stan Smith with new tech and exaggerated shapes, bright colors and flashy patterns, the lineup looks like a footwear collection designed for a gang of very fashionable superheroes.
The brand is establishing itself as the go-to for designers looking to experiment with sneakers, and Simons is in good company at Adidas, where Rick Owens, Jeremy Scott, and Mark McNairy also have ongoing collections. Based on what we saw during fashion season—both Chanel and Dior had trainers on their couture runways—the trend will only continue to gain momentum.
Adidas x Raf Simons prices range from $440 to $570. The collection arrives soon at Adidas Originals concept stores, boutiques, and retailers carrying RAF.