Givenchy’s creative director Riccardo Tisci has again teamed up with Nike, and this time the design is to reinvent the iconic NikeLab Dunk Lux High pair. “The Dunk is a shoe that you can wear every day. It represents a performance sport icon and at the same time you can wear it to go to work and in your normal life,” he exclusively told i-D, and we can now finally see the results of this exciting collaboration, which will be available starting from February 11th at NikeLab retailers and online stores at nike.com/nikelab.
It is not the first time that self-professed sneakers-addicted Riccardo Tisci employed his abilities as a haute couture designer to recreate an exclusive pair of shoes with the iconic sportswear brand, as the unconventional duo teamed up a little more than two years ago to reinvent the beloved Air Force pair. Named Nike + R.T. AF1, Tisci added to this equally iconic pair of shoes some fancy bold stripes, bright gold accents and a low-top boot silhouette that made everyone run amok.
This time he focused on the evergreen model Dunk Lux High, and began teasing us via his Instagram account less than two weeks ago. To give us a hint of what this collaboration was going to be all about, he posted a vintage picture of Sylvester Stallone wearing a Nike tank top, captioning it with a mysterious ‘coming soon’ statement. While some began speculating about a collaboration among the three of them, namely Nike, Stallone and Tisci, we now know that Rambo has more to do with the Dunk Lux High’s silhouette itself rather than with the actor himself.
The NikeLab Dunk Lux High x RT pair has a certain boxeur appeal, mainly thanks to its lace-up high boot silhouette, thick leather fabric and ultra-high top, the clean lines however giving the shoe a sort of unisex allure. Thick, of course, is the inevitable signature Nike swoosh too, which is going to be available in white, black or red, as the pair of shoes will be available in both black and white.
The white and red combo is particularly dear to the designer’s heart and memories, as he often wore that pair of shoes when he was younger and used to play basketball with his friends: “The first pair of Dunks I had were white and red. I’ve been representing the brand for 25 years. I believe in the roots of the company, and always have,” he told Vogue.
Introduced for the first time in 1985, the Nike Dunk has now an haute couture meets athleisure makeover, which won’t be that affordable, as expected. The sneakers will retail for $300 but at least, unlike the Nike + R.T. AF1, you won’t have to wait months to finally get your hands on the actual pair of shoes.
“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,” he concluded, leaving room for us to think that this won’t be the last partnership between him and Nike.
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