25 posts tagged "Nike"
New York is gearing up for the start of the 2011 U.S. Open, when tennis fans flock day and night to Flushing to watch the world’s best players face off for glory. The focus is, of course, on the game, but fashion has always taken an interest in the sport too—like a certain editor who’s often spotted fronting Roger Federer’s cheering section. Style and sport meet in the on-court uniforms, and while tennis whites are the classic, there may not be much white in evidence this year. Nike’s athletes, at least, will be in roaring Technicolor. The label is dressing some of the game’s best for their games—including Federer and Rafael Nadal on the men’s field, and Li Na, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, and Victoria Azarenka on the women’s—and they’ll be kitted out in brights, from deep reds and pinks for Federer, Williams, and Li to deep ocean blues for Azarenka and Nadal. (The latter—the defending Open champ—gets patterns inspired by the elements, too, with a rainy-looking geometric print.) “This season we really wanted to amplify color,” Nike Tennis’ creative director, Janice Lucena, said. And while fashion designers and athletic designers don’t always see eye to eye, in this she’s right in line with the designers, like Tomas Maier at Bottega Veneta, Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga, Raf Simons at Jil Sander, and Giambattista Valli, who showed flashes of ultra-saturated shades on their Fall runways. Nike’s day outfits debut exclusively here on Style.com. Get a good look now, and focus on what’s important this game day—the game.
Top row, left to right: Day outfits for Li Na; Rafael Nadal; and Serena Williams.
Bottom row, left to right: Day outfits for Maria Sharapova; Roger Federer; and Victoria Azarenka.
Smart, functional design has always been at the heart of Jun Takahashi’s Undercover label. He’s a guy who looks up to industrial designers as much as fashion ones—he wears a leather watch emblazoned with Dieter Rams’ mantra “Less but better,” after all—and has long experimented with technical materials and function-first dressing. (He once shot a lookbook in a subzero Japanese forest to prove that his winter outerwear would keep even the skinniest model warm—and it did.)
Takahashi’s recent interest in running was reflected in collections as far back as Spring ’10, but he’s now taking the hobby even farther, partnering with Nike to create a collection of runner’s gear. (That’s him modeling it above, with his runners’ club, Gyakusou, from the Japanese for “run the wrong way,” thanks to the preference for heading counterclockwise around the city’s parks. The club also lent the collection its name.) The collection includes light jackets, rip-stop and stretch pants, Dri-Fit shirting, and sneakers, with details like a sleeve window to check your watch and pockets designed to keep keys and coins from jingling. Those are functional improvements you’ll notice if you run, like Takahashi does, up to 13 kilometers every other day. Then there are the purely aesthetic ones, like red piping tracing the body’s artery vein—one functional accessory paying tribute to another.
Keep reading to see Jamie Morgan’s stop-motion video of Takahashi and the Gyakusou club running in Tokyo. Continue Reading “Gear For Those Who Run Against The Tide” »
The rumor mill has been churning, but it’s all for naught: Alexander Wang and Nike confirm that they are not working on a collaboration. Well…as you were, then. [WWD]
Midlife, no crisis. Germany’s Zeit magazine celebrates its 40th anniversary with 40 (yes, 40!) different covers of Deutschland’s favorite supe, Claudia Schiffer. She’s 40, too—not that you could tell from the looks of her (left). [Fashionologie]
Maison Martin Margiela’s AIDS-awareness tees are new classics, and for this year’s World AIDS Day—December 1—the house is issuing a new version, with text in Japanese. If we had any idea how to say “cool” in Japanese, we’d be saying it right now. [Hint]
And if you’ve been curious about the Karl Lagerfeld-designed private island Isla Moda in Dubai, it’s now available in rendering form. [Design Scene]
Jay-Z’s performance at last night’s World Basketball Festival tip-off brought out some fashionable faces, including designers Alexander Wang and Joseph Altuzarra. But the evening’s main style statement occurred when the headliner took to the Radio City Music Hall stage…in a cardigan (top). That may sound more Crosby, Bing (bottom right), than Generation Bling, but—with the help of some shades and beads—the rapper more than pulled it off. Of course, the cardigan has been busily shedding its stodgier associations for the last couple of years, and Jay-Z has been at the forefront of that movement, repeatedly wearing button-front knits in his offstage appearances. So let’s call last night’s black version with patent arm patches an evolution, not a revolution. Perhaps it was no coincidence that moments before the start of his set, the P.A. system blasted Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” recalling one of music’s most memorable cardis: the fuzzy green number Kurt Cobain wore on MTV Unplugged (bottom left).
In related sartorial news, Jay-Z has teamed up with Nike to design a range of blacked-out Air Force 1′s commemorating the World Basketball Festival. The only way to get your hands on a pair is to bid in eBay’s charity auction, and all proceeds will benefit the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. You have until August 22.
Ah, the lazy days of teenage summer. Summer camp. Sleeping in. Hanging out by the pool. Sneaking into R-rated movies. Designing sneakers and apparel for Nike. Wait—what was that last item?
Playing Nike designer may not be on the average kid’s résumé, but that’s exactly what 100-odd New York City teens have been up to this summer. Make Something!, the L.A.-based art workshop for teens founded by Aaron Rose (Beautiful Losers), teamed up with Nike Sportswear and the Cooper-Hewitt museum to create a summer program of classes for local kids, with visiting instructors including Todd Selby and Cassette Playa’s Carri Mundane. Among the activities on the schedule: redesigning classic Nike footwear styles, including the Air Jordan and the Converse Chuck, ahead of this week’s launch of the inaugural World Basketball Festival. The kicks made their public debut at the Nike Stadium space last night, and a selection of the sneakers and apparel designed at the Make Something! workshops will be showing up on sales floors soon. But that doesn’t mean the teenage participants are getting back to the serious summertime business of chillaxing, just yet—according to Rose, they’re in rehearsals for a halftime gig at the festival. “I think it’s going to be a genius mess,” Rose (pictured) said of the performance. “Which works just fine for me.”