Riccardo Tisci knows his way around a sneaker. Not only has the Givenchy creative director dressed the models on his menswear and womenswear runways in studded, star-spangled, with high-top kicks over the years, but he also has previously had a major sneaker collaboration. He worked with NikeLab to reimagine the Air Force 1 in low-top, mid, and boot silhouettes back in 2014.
Following the huge success of that partnership, Tisci and Nike are back with second collaboration. It is finally released that the collaboration is a fashionable reimagining of the Nike Dunk Lux High. According to Vogue, Tisci said, “I like collaborating with Nike because it takes me to another place, which is different from my reality every day. Nike is an American company and very well perceived. The opportunity makes a big statement. I think it’s a dream of any designer’s to be in everybody’s home.”
With this collaboration Tisci wants to bring a couture flavour, as the designer mentioned, “I live my life in Nike trainers, it’s interesting because I come from a couture background and I’m the first couturier who is doing a project with them, bringing my way of thinking about couture and about fashion. It’s so easy for me to do couture and at the same time, it’s easy for me to be urban and to be street. I bring my fashion approach and a couture touch to trainers, which is interesting.”
His new offering is a version of the Dunk bootie which named Nike Dunk Lux High x RT. The trainers dropped anything too flamboyant, instead making the design all about the curve of the shoe. “It is a symbol of couture in a way – strong, but clean and simple,” he said. Tisci reimagined the shoe by exaggerating its proportions, such as the extended height and big belly Swoosh. Additionally, the back tab is upside-down and placed directly above the Riccardo Tisci logo on the heel. Here’s the preview of this much anticipated collaboration.
The NikeLab Dunk Lux High x RT will be available beginning February 11, exclusively in North America at NikeLab retailers and on nike.com/nikelab.
Images via Vogue